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The write side of history

By Deborah Holdship

“No better way to learn journalism”

Welcome to Episode 3 of “Listen in, Michigan,” a new podcast designed for Michigan Today readers and fans of the audio format.

In this episode we hear from journalist Stephanie Steinberg, editor at U.S. News & World Report and 2011 editor-in-chief at U-M’s student newspaper, The Michigan Daily. She recently edited a book marking the Daily’s 125th anniversary: In the Name of Editorial Freedom — 125 Years at The Michigan Daily. The book includes 39 essays from Daily alumni who have gone on to impressive careers at such prestigious publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, and GQ, to name a few. The paper has produced Pulitzer Prize winners, award-winning filmmakers and photographers, documentarians, professors of journalism, and more.

Jay Cassidy, RFK

Jay Cassidy, with glasses and camera, at a rally featuring RFK. (Image courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.)

Steinberg shares some of the anecdotes from the book, from the discovery of unpublished photos of Robert F. Kennedy by Jay Cassidy just weeks before Kennedy was killed to the story behind the “Paul is Dead” spoof regarding rumors of Paul McCartney’s untimely demise. The book features bylines by such writers as Daniel Okrent, the first public editor of The New York Times; Josh White, The Washington Post’s education editor; and married writers Rebecca Blumenstein and Alan Paul, who met as student journalists. Blumenstein is now deputy editor-in-chief at The Wall Street Journal; Paul is a senior writer for Guitar World and Slam, with bylines in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and People.

In addition, we’ve got an interview with Al Guskin, PhD ’68, professor emeritus of Antioch University, with a first-hand account of the life-changing events of Oct. 14, 1960, when then-Sen. John F. Kennedy spoke to U-M students from the steps of the Michigan Union and first introduced the idea of the Peace Corps.

Finally, we have a behind-the-scenes look at the production of one of Michigan News’ biggest stories, both literally and figuratively. Earlier this month, local farmer James Bristle discovered the skull, tusks, and other remains of a mammoth projected to be between 11,000-15,000 years old. Videographer Mike Wood filmed U-M paleontologists unearthing the find. The footage alone is incredible. Seeing it in person was an utterly incredible experience, Wood says.

(All of the links above will take you to archived stories at Michigan Today. Hear more “Listen In, Michigan” podcasts. Subscribe at iTunesTunein, and Stitcher.)

(Production assistant: Alex Nowlin; Original music and sound design: Barry Holdship.)

Deborah Holdship

Deborah Holdship

DEBORAH HOLDSHIP is the editor of Michigan Today. She joined the University in 2007 as editorial manager in the marketing communications department at the Ross School of Business, where she was editor of Dividend magazine for five years. Prior to working at Michigan, Deborah was associate director of publications at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. From 1988-2001, Deborah worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, where she was a reporter and editor at Billboard magazine and an associate editor and video producer at LAUNCH media. Follow her on Twitter: @michigantoday.