I worked at my University paper, the Michigan Daily, for half of undergrad, starting with book reviews and working my way up to managing the content production of our entire 75-member Arts section. I spent my second senior semester at the Daily pitching, researching and writing ledes as a correspondent for our weekly magazine, the Statement. The Michigan Press Association awarded me third place for best writer in 2019 for my work at the Daily.

Beyond the University of Michigan, the Daily is the largest circulation paper in both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County with a circulation of about 7,500. The past year has taught me the value of local student journalism in sharp relief, and I intend to return to the Daily next semester as a graduate student to continue learning about news reporting from the people I’ve been seeing do it best: my esteemed younger peers.


Class of COVID-19
America is getting mad for fun
In conversation with Kiley Reid
Searching for my ancestors in the cemetery
On goPuff in a pandemic
‘Love Island’: The Walden Pond of reality TV
Max Porter’s ‘Lanny’ breaks every rule
Language processing with Franny Choi
‘Live Nude Guys’ that won’t ghost you
Sally Wen Mao’s ‘Oculus’ made me a luddite
Rachel Kushner’s ‘Mars Room’ portraiture
Letters on Jenny Hval’s ‘Paradise Rot’
An ode to my hairdresser
The qualified optimism of midwestern lit
Books that built us: ‘The Crying of Lot 49’

© Verity Sturm