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Editorial: Newsroom content policies provide trust with audiences

Editorial: Newsroom content policies provide trust with audiences

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 18, 2022
Without a sense of trust between readers and the media, our job is ineffective.
The NIU Foundation has denied at least three FOIA requests since 2016.

Editorial: Anyone can, should file FOIA requests to keep university accountable

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 7, 2020

The Illinois Attorney General’s office ruled Aug. 7 that the NIU Foundation must respond to Freedom of Information Act requests after the foundation denied at least three requests since 2016. In the aftermath of this ruling, the Northern Star editorial...

Union members work towards better teaching conditions

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 13, 2019

For two years, the United Faculty Alliance has been working on a contract with the hopes of improving teaching conditions for tenured and tenure-track faculty at NIU. The Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on whether or not the contract will go into...

FAFSA applications will open Oct. 1. Students and their parents will have to fill out the application for the student to receive financial aid for the 2020-21 academic year. 

FAFSA process needs reform

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 25, 2019

FAFSA applications for the 2020-21 school year open Oct. 1, and students will soon be tasked with the complicated process of proving they are worthy of financial assistance for college expenses. In determining FAFSA eligibility, a student is reduced to...

Freeman connects to student body

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 4, 2019

As NIU President Lisa Freeman approaches her first full year as NIU’s official president, it is important to acknowledge the progress that has been made in mending the relationship between students and the administration.Prior to Freeman’s presidency,...

Editorials convey important ideas

By Northern Star Editorial Board | August 28, 2019

Welcome to the Northern Star Editorial, where you can find editorials on a regular basis. There is a distinction between an opinion column and an editorial, and we are here to clarify the difference. In doing so, we hope to provide insight into how we...

Chicago mayoral election signifies diversity

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 11, 2019

Chicago made two progressive leaps in last week’s mayoral election: Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot will be Chicago’s first black female, openly lesbian mayor. The Editorial Board congratulates Chicago on this forward-thinking move and expresses hope for...

Editorial Board supports Wiley partnership to boost enrollment

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 16, 2019

The Northern Star Editorial Board commends NIU for partnering with Wiley Education Services for the expansion of online programming and hopes the programs will be closely monitored to ensure the investment is worth it.NIU approved the partnership with...

Students should support Violence Against Women Act reauthorization

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 26, 2018

The Northern Star Editorial Board urges students to contact their legislators immediately to ensure the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, which will expire Sept. 30 without action.VAWA, passed in 1994 by Bill Clinton, aims to support abused women...

Students must remain hopeful for Freeman’s presidency

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 19, 2018

Lisa Freeman was approved for contract negotiations Thursday as NIU’s first female president, and the Northern Star Editorial Board would like to express a cautiously optimistic attitude.Despite disagreeing with the override, the Editorial Board recognizes...

Northern Star pledges commitment to excellence

Northern Star pledges commitment to excellence

By Northern Star Editorial Board | August 29, 2018

With the new academic year started, the Northern Star is reaffirming its commitment to excellence by bringing the student body news in multiple facets, a change going beyond the scope of our print product for the convenience of our readers.The way society...

Social media users need to be cautious

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 29, 2018

The Northern Star Editorial Board urges social media users on all platforms to take Facebook’s recent exploitation of user information as a sign to consider their online presence. Though the Board feels personal information should not be abused for...