From Julie Adam on December 13th, 2020
As editor-in-chief at the University Daily Kansan, Nicole Asbury started covering the COVID-19 pandemic at the Kansas City Star at the state legislative level. There was an orientation around breaking news all of the time as she entered into the fall semester at the Kansan and there was an increased pressure because people were dying from the virus. The Kansan had just begun to stabilize, and Asbury was hopeful for an increased revenue stream in March 2020, but COVID-19 cut off revenue streams. Many members of the Kansan’s team had been covering the pandemic’s news since March and were beginning to express they were burned out. Along with this, the news that has been covered lacks authenticity due to having to rely on interviews through Zoom. Asbury mentions that meeting face to face with KU administrators is critical to building source relationships, but now that can no longer happen. However, she believes there are critical conversations happening right now that would’ve not happened otherwise. As a student, she wishes she would have known how much resilience it was going to take to endure a long-term trauma like this.