For decades, DePaul students have honed their journalism, photography and production skills on The DePaulia, the university’s award-winning newspaper. Staff members bonded over tough topics and late nights—one former staffer quipped that she still feels guilty going out on Thursday evenings, which is when the staff always convened to finish the next week’s paper. Despite the challenges, including sometimes primitive equipment, many alumni look back on their DePaulia experiences with great fondness. Find out what they remember best in the audio recordings below.
Catherine (Leyden) Donovan (CMN ’06) recounts the time she received a ride from now-President Barack Obama, while former student Colleen (McBrien) Kant offers advice for current students.
Gregory Lewandowski (LAS ’76) and former student Paul Kriston remember publishing the paper during a blizzard and developing photos in the darkroom.
Howard Ludwig (CMN ’99) and Katie Ludwig (LAS ’99) explain how their relationship blossomed while working together on The DePaulia.
Zach Martin (CMN ’96), Janet Kownacki (CMN ’97) and Laura Kehoe (CSH ’98) consider the technological changes that impacted the paper during their tenures.
Joe Cappo (LAS ’57) discusses the challenges of covering breaking sports news before computers and cellphones.