There’s an old line that newspapers are the first draft of history, and that’s certainly true. We put out stories long before we know whether they’ll be important in the long run.

But sometimes you can be pretty sure the stories you’re writing will be important. Take June’s flooding. But we’re still writing the first draft. There’s no way of knowing which stories we wrote will matter down the road.

But the stories people have will matter for a long time. So we’ve launched a new Web site dedicated to collecting the stories people have about the June floods in Iowa. If you have a story you’d like to share, you can visit

How else can we make sure there’s a record of what happened with the floods, beyond this project, the upcoming book and the stories we’re writing? If you have ideas, leave them in the comments.