The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Officials should respect the press

Staff Editorial March 5, 2020

The press is an arm of democracy, and in order for it to do its job and inform the public, elected officials need to speak to and have respect for journalists. This is also true for those working in student...

Ben Zigterman, reporter for the News-Gazette, and Joe Astrouski, journalism professor and former reporter for WAND-TV, refer to the projector of slides during their discussion detailing their personal experiences covering the kidnapping and murder trial of Yingying Zhang, a crop scientist from the University of Illinois, Wednesday at the Doudna Fine Arts Center’s Lecture Hall. During the discussion, Zigterman and Astrouski played a wired recording in which Brendt Christensen, the graduate student from the U of I who was convicted for Zhang’s abduction and murder, confesses to his ex-girlfriend (the person wearing the wire) the crime. In the recording, Christensen is heard saying that he choked Zhang for 10 minutes while she struggled. Zigterman said that recording helped expose how truly “debased” Christensen was.

Journalists talk covering Yingying Zhang murder trial

Ryan Meyer, Staff Reporter February 20, 2020

Two reporters who covered the kidnapping and murder trial of University of Illinois student Yingying Zhang in 2017, Ben Zigterman of the News-Gazette and Eastern’s own journalism instructor Joe Astrouski,...

Reporters to talk 2018’s Taylorville tornado coverage

Staff Report November 19, 2019

Reporters will recount and reflect Wednesday on their experiences covering the Taylorville tornado almost a year after it happened. According to a flyer for the panel, "On December 1, 2018, a tornado...

Pictured is Robert Downen, a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and Eastern journalism alum. Downen was key in publishing a series entitled Abuse of Faith, uncovering decades of sexual misconduct within the Southern Baptist Convention. Downen came to Eastern to speak with students about his experiences as an investigative journalist.

Reporter explains effects of investigative journalism

Corryn Brock, News Editor September 10, 2019

Robert Downen, a 2014 graduate of the School of Journalism, was named Journalist of the Year by Eastern’s journalism division for an ongoing series entitled “Abuse of Faith,” covering 20 years of...

STAFF EDITORIAL: College journalism is crucial; it deserves respect

Staff Editorial September 5, 2019

We at The Daily Eastern News believe in our reporting and the fact that we are providing a service to our readers by informing them of what is happening at Eastern. To make this happen, though, we need...

Jackie Spinner to discuss her documentary

Staff Report April 4, 2019

Jackie Spinner will be at Eastern Friday afternoon to discuss her documentary, “Don’t Forget Me,” that shares the experiences of three Moroccan families who have children with autism. The event...

Contreras discusses her journalist experience

Inami Tapley, Staff Reporter October 9, 2018

Guest speaker Daisy Contreras came to the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union to give an informative speech on her life and her work for NPR Illinois on Tuesday. With a room full of people, she mentioned...

The importance of guiding the next generation of journalists

Jordan Boyer, Editor-in-Chief June 27, 2018

Currently, there is a summer camp being held on campus, the Illinois Press Foundation/ Eastern Illinois University high school journalism camp. The Illinois Press Foundation is one of the largest state...

Student journalism is necessary to spread truth

Staff Editorial April 24, 2018

Journalism, regardless of it being student journalism or professional journalism, is a vital element in any institution. We, as journalists, have the responsibility to protect the truth and distribute...

Watch what you say in public

Liz Stephens, Columnist January 12, 2018

My favorite thing to tell my friends while jokingly arguing is, “Don’t say or do anything you don’t want me to write about and/or have published one day.” The saying has resonated with me...

Media literacy is important to practice

Staff Editorial January 8, 2018

With the end of every year comes the annual “end-of-year” lists, where we get to find out what people thought were the best and worst aspects of 2017. According to USA Today, a Marist Poll found that...

Role models inspire and challenge us

Abbey Whittington, columnist December 7, 2017

As I am getting my grave and tombstone ready for finals week, I have been looking for ways to stay sane and positive so I can be productive. I mostly find long "self-help" lists that tell me to put...

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