Praise for Notre Dame student journalists


Letter to Romenesko
From ALLAN JOSEPH: I was editor of Notre Dame’s student paper a few years ago, and I wanted to share the tremendous work the staff there did on the biggest breaking-news story I could imagine on that campus.

Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, the president emeritus of Notre Dame and an absolute legend, passed away last night at 11:30 p.m. This morning, the student newspaper produced this.

It’s stunning work. Thought it was worth sharing.

Last night was also the annual celebration at the time when the top editorial positions turn over — this year’s EIC began her tenure with a campus-wide power outage on her first night running the newsroom, and this happened on the night she was handing it off to her successor. Needless to say, I think she did a spectacular job.

2014-15 EIC is Ann Marie Jakubowski; she’s handing the reins to Greg Hadley, whose term officially starts Monday but unofficially started last night.

Update: I asked the editor-in-chief about putting the issue together and she wrote:

Ann Marie Jakubowski

Ann Marie Jakubowski

Our regular paper was well underway when the news of Fr. Hesburgh’s death broke, but we dropped everything to focus our attention on that and are going to hold our regular content until Tuesday’s paper. We spent about 12:30 a.m. until 6 working on the special edition and the special site, The site went live around 11 a.m.

We distributed the special issue around 10:30 this morning on campus, and by 1 we were running out and started to get requests for more copies. I worked out an arrangement with our printer to get a reprint out around 7 p.m. tonight, and I’m waiting in our office now for that to come in so we can drop it around to our usual pick up sites.

* Notre Dame Observer | Digital print edition (
* Photo: “Notre Dame Observer office all-hands on deck tonight” (@zklonskinski)