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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

News Editor for the Daily Eastern News, Camron Hardy, a junior journalism major, works on editing his Two Dudes Talk Movies podcast in the newsroom of Buzzard Hall.

Student selected for New York Times mentorship program

Audra Gullquist, Assistant News Editor November 7, 2023

At a very young age, Cam’ron Hardy, junior journalism major, discovered that he was able to best express himself through writing. He cannot recall a time in which he did not have a notebook handy, to...

Kate Stevens is a senior sports media relations major and can be reached at 581-2912 or

COLUMN: Journalism is a crucial tool in society

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor April 26, 2023

As a senior journalism major, I have spent a lot of my time recently reminiscing and reflecting on my year here at the News and my two years at The Warbler. I am so proud to be a part of these groups...

Getting Emotional Ep. 6: Sports Journalist & TikTok Influencer Katlynn Gill

Getting Emotional Ep. 6: Sports Journalist & TikTok Influencer Katlynn Gill

Kate Stevens, Autumn Schulz, and Katlynn Gill March 30, 2023

Kate and Autumn are joined by special guest Katlynn Gill (@katlynn_gill), a TikTok influencer, sports reporter at the University of Tennessee Knoxville Daily Beacon and "Wisconsin Sports' Biggest Fan."...

Getting Emotional Ep. 4: OVC, Women in Sports Journalism feat. Zaria Flippin

Getting Emotional Ep. 4: OVC, Women in Sports Journalism feat. Zaria Flippin

Autumn Schulz, Kate Stevens, and Zaria Flippin March 10, 2023

Kate and Autumn are joined by guest Zaria Flippin, Warbler editor-in-chief and fellow sports journalist! They discuss the OVC results, Zaria’s inspirations, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and GardenScapes....

Camron Hardy is a sophomore journalism major and can be reached at 581-2912 or

COLUMN: Being Black at The News

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor February 1, 2023

I have been working at The News for about a year, and my experience has not been ideal. When I first stepped into the Daily Eastern News Newsroom, I looked forward to getting involved and working on...

letter to the editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: UPD failed me, do not let them fail others

Corryn Brock December 1, 2022

Starting in February, I became the target of dozens of hateful and/or threatening posts on the infamous app Yik Yak because of my work for the Daily Eastern News. Posts like “her dad can’t save her...

Luke Taylor is a senior journalism major and can be reached at 217-581-2812.

COLUMN: Artistic inspiration in unexpected places; or, how D&D made me a better writer 

Luke Taylor, Editor-in-Chief November 7, 2022

“Art” is perhaps one of the broadest categories I can think of. Everything from oil paintings to architecture to the design of everyday objects can be classified as art- don't even get started on the...

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...

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