Iowa State Daily selects Stephen Koenigsfeld


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Sophomore Maddy Arnold and junior Stephen Koenigsfeld react to the Iowa State Daily editor-in-chief announcements on March 27, 2014. Arnold will serve as the summer 2014 editor-in-chief, and Koenigsfeld will serve as the 2014-2015 academic year editor-in-chief. 

Makayla Tendall

Stephen Koenigsfeld was selected March 27 as the next editor-in-chief of the Iowa State Daily for the 2014-15 academic year.

Koenigsfeld, who is currently a junior in journalism, has worked at the Daily since his freshman year. Koenigsfeld started as a sports reporter and served as the managing editor of digital platforms for the 2013-14 academic year.

“The Daily really sold me on Iowa State,” Koenigsfeld said regarding how he started his student career with the goal of becoming editor-in-chief.

Koenigsfeld said one of his biggest goals is to connect with the audience and serve the Iowa State University community.

“I’m just really excited to be leading a newsroom that’s really involved with the audience. I think that’s one of my biggest goals: to interact with our campus more so than we have ever before,” Koenigsfeld said. “Kind of reaching out saying, ‘What do you guys like about the Iowa State Daily? What do you not like? What do you want to know, and what do you want to get covered? Let’s get that done because that’s our job, to serve you and serve the community.’”

Koenigsfeld ran against Maddy Arnold, an assistant sports editor and sophomore in journalism, for the position. Arnold will act as editor-in-chief for the Daily during the summer and apply for the managing editor position for the academic year.

Both Koenigsfeld and Arnold will look to expand the Daily’s digital platforms during the next year.

“Since I’ll be here again next year, I’ll still be able to help out with mainly the website and things like that, and Maddy can focus in on working with section editors and take some responsibilities with social media and tracking Internet,” Koenigsfeld said.

Arnold reiterated that their goals to expand digital platforms are necessary to serve the paper’s audience.

“Stephen is very digital-minded. The Daily really needs somebody that way with fewer people reading print editions,” Arnold said.

Arnold said her goals for the summer are to focus on the quality of content and the Daily website to provide the public with timely information.

“I’m most excited about being able to focus on the quality of content that the Daily is producing because it’s only a once-a-week publication. We can really focus in on the quality and take the time to get the details right,” Arnold said. “I want to focus on digital, especially because the timely content with have to go online because it is a once-a-week paper.”