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For Daily Cal, Friday is moving day

Thursday, August 2, 2012

At the Daily Californian they’re packing up and preparing to move out of the newspaper’s longtime home on the sixth floor of Eshleman Hall (pictured). It’s nothing personal. The building’s to be demolished as part of Lower Sproul Plaza redevelopment. The independent newspaper is moving into smaller digs at 2483 Hearst Avenue, across the street from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

That’s thanks in no small part to a $2.3 million donation from alumna Liz Simons enabling the university to buy the building.

Still, staffer Adelyn Baxter notes that the move will be bittersweet. The Daily Cal has been at Eshleman Hall, off and on, since the Free Speech and anti-Vietnam protest days of the 1960s. It moved off-campus when the paper decided to become independent from the university in 1971, and moved back in 1994. An excerpt:

Perhaps the saddest aspect of the move for many past and present Daily Cal staff members  is the the loss of the bulky wooden desks that have been used almost continuously in the paper’s offices since the 1930s. Originally designed for typewriters, the desks have seen generations of reporters and editors pass through the paper, many of whom have left their marks in more ways than one.

Inside the drawers of each editor’s desk are signatures from decades of predecessors, many of whom have gone on to work for major publications and news outlets around the country, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.


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