Intramurals is a great beat

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The Daily Iowan proves that you can fire off interesting stories away from the so-called major beats. Yes, readers clearly want to know whether the Hawkeyes can focus on Purdue a week after upsetting No. 1 Penn State. But readers may be more impressed by another story – on injuries during intramurals, a beat that is usually ignored or covered superficially. Kudos to the Iowan staff for digging into sports activities that can sometimes attract more fans than some NCAA games. I’ve heard the deafening cheers in our rec center at key volleyball and basketball intramural games during which hundreds of students are packed tightly around the courts. The Daily Iowan realized this, covering the story just like any other beat (and they included a video package on a player who tore his ACL playing flag football). Excellent.

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