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When it comes to news on religion or religious organizations, news outlets often cover soup suppers or scandals — and not a lot in between. There’s more to religion than those extremes, and the mining of quality stories about faith, spirituality and core beliefs can be invaluable — to news outlets, religious organizations and the...
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In a presidential campaign season that legitimately can be described as bizarre, what’s the responsibility of the media in covering those elections? What’s the best way to ensure journalists are doing top-notch reporting on local races and referendums? How do you craft stories in this multimedia age that will capture citizens’ attention, encourage people to...
Robert L. LaConto
Robert L. LaConto, who taught broadcast journalism at NIU from 1964 until his retirement in 1990, died Thursday, July 30, in DeKalb. He was 91. LaConto won NIU’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award during his final semester on the faculty. Students considered him not only an aspirational teacher and mentor but a friend. “Professor LaConto...
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Many people work behind the scenes to make sure Northern Illinois University is front and center. That’s the case for NIU’s Office of Media and Public Relations. “We want to raise the profile of the university and make people realize that NIU is involved in some very important and exciting research, teaching and artistry,” said...
Marc Falkoff
Marc Falkoff, associate professor and director of faculty development in the NIU College of Law, has been named a finalist by the Chicago Headline Club for its coveted 2015 Lisagor Award, recognizing the best in Chicago journalism. Winners will be announced Friday, May 8, at the organization’s annual awards dinner and reception at the Union League...
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WNIJ is the recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Media Award, given annually by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Northern Illinois. This annual award recognizes the contributions of a print or broadcast journalism organization whose work provides accurate information about mental illness and reflects a realistic, compassionate view of the difficulties faced...
Brian Williams
A six-month, no-salary suspension for NBC News anchor Brian Williams isn’t enough, says NIU journalism instructor Jason Akst. Williams, Akst says, should lose his job over his recent admission that he “misremembered” being in a helicopter under fire in Iraq. “These inaccuracies (which beg the question of how many more haven’t come to light) are...
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When the spring semester begins Monday, Jan. 12, readers of the Northern Star will find the familiar printed issues of the student newspaper in bins across campus and town. However, as announced in the Star’s Dec. 8 issue, the newspaper is moving to a twice-weekly print schedule this semester. In between Mondays and Thursdays –...
Kevin Saghy
The NIU Department of Communication and the NIU Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host the 2014 Albert Walker Dinner and Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. This year’s lecturer is Kevin Saghy, communications manager for the Chicago Cubs. He served as the national PRSSA president and is currently an advisory board...
Dan Klefsted of WNIJ radio invited me to have a beer with him one afternoon. We met at Twin Taps in DeKalb, and he had a proposal.
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Northern Illinois University’s independent student newspaper, the Northern Star, received numerous honors at the Illinois College Press Association’s awards luncheon Saturday, Feb. 22, in Chicago. For the second year in a row, the newspaper claimed second place in the association’s general excellence category, after Northwestern University’s Daily Northwestern. The Northern Star also took first and...
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