A clean, well-lighted place for reporting
“They were going to knock Eshleman Hall down. There was essentially no alternative until our donor stepped in and provided us with the new space.”
A newspaper needs a newsroom: a space in which to write, edit, and collaborate; and the freedom to do so without fear of eviction or discomfort.
“The reality of it is that we had nowhere else to go,” says Daily Cal Editor-in-Chief and President Sarah Burns ’13. “They were going to knock Eshleman Hall down (to make way for a renovated Lower Sproul Plaza). There was essentially no alternative until our donor stepped in and provided us with the new space.” That donor was UC Berkeley journalism school and Daily Cal alumna Liz Simons ’82 who, through the Heising-Simons Foundation, made it possible to acquire a $2.5 million, 5,718-square-foot building on Hearst Avenue that the newspaper now shares with the Graduate School of Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program (IRP), both rent-free. The Graduate School of Journalism contributed $250,000 of the funds required to obtain the building, now named the Center for Independent Journalism.
Aside from the stunning $140,000 a year in rent and utilities that the Daily Cal and the IRP are now saving, there are tremendous benefits to proximity: the IRP holds weekly reporting classes for newspaper staff, and the student reporters are more able to attend talks at the J-school.
“The new space is just really beautiful,” says Burns. “The lighting is lovely, it’s cleaner. A whole different atmosphere than the one we had in Eshleman.”