- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) - The student-run newspaper at Eastern Illinois University is celebrating its 100th birthday with a gathering for former staff members Saturday.

The Daily Eastern News first published on Nov. 5, 1915. The first issue was funded by students who thought it would be a good way to support the school’s football team.

The newspaper went from a weekly to a daily in 1973. Former newspaper adviser David Reed tells the Journal Gazette (https://bit.ly/1MgIzRq) that the popularity of the student newspaper proved there was interest in the field of journalism. The paper helped inspire the creation of a journalism degree at Eastern.

Its motto is, “Tell the truth and don’t be afraid.”

The current editor-in-chief, Stephanie Markham, says she’s learned a lot at the newspaper and it feels “like a second family.”

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Information from: Mattoon Journal-Gazette, https://www.jg-tc.com


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