‘Inside UVA’: The Mechanics of a Student Newspaper

April 27, 2023 By Jane Kelly, jak4g@virginia.edu Jane Kelly, jak4g@virginia.edu

Audio: ‘Inside UVA’: With Ava MacBlane(19:32)

Cavalier Daily Editor-in-Chief Ava MacBlane talks editing, studying and acting on President Jim Ryan’s podcast, “Inside UVA.”


Ava MacBlane’s mother gave her some great advice about multitasking.

“I am always imagining that I’m juggling. And as a juggler … I’m going to drop a ball,” she told University of Virginia President Jim Ryan during the latest episode of his podcast, “Inside UVA.” “And my mom was like, ‘Some of the balls are plastic, and some of them are glass, and you just can’t drop the glass balls.’”

She’s carried that lesson with her as a third-year student and editor-in-chief of UVA’s student-run newspaper, the Cavalier Daily.

MacBlane is the newest guest on Ryan’s podcast, which gives listeners an idea of how a large public university like UVA runs.

Ryan asked her to describe her job.

“It’s a big job, you kind of like, wear a lot of hats,” she said.

Those hats include reading and editing all of the content in the Cavalier Daily. “You’re also kind of the president of the organization … the bigger-picture management,” she said. “And then another hat is, like, the CEO, because we are like an independent organization.” It’s like having a full-time job, she said, estimating that it requires 30 to 40 hours per week.

Ryan and MacBlane also discussed how she balances work and school and her love of the student-run theater organization, First-Year Players.

You can listen to the entirety of Ryan’s interview with MacBlane on most podcast apps, including Apple PodcastsSpotify and Google Podcasts.

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