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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.
A surveillance testing sign hangs on the entrance of the NIU Health Services building.

Editorial: Students should get tested before returning to campus

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 24, 2020

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the university released its plans and recommendations for Huskies traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday in a Nov. 5 email sent by NIU President Lisa Freeman. Freeman wrote students returning to campus after traveling...

DeKalb Police Department warns against unemployment scams

Editorial: DeKalb Police Department must condemn excessive use of force

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 19, 2020

During an arrest in the Lincoln Towers parking lot in August 2019, DeKalb Sgt. Jeffery Weese was caught on video choking Aurora resident Elonte McDowell, 26. On Nov. 11 it was announced that Weese would be resigning from his position in the DeKalb Police...

Editorial: Vote yes for the fair tax amendment

Editorial: Vote yes for the ‘fair tax’ amendment

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 29, 2020

Election day is less than a week away, so it is important to understand what's on the ballot. Everyone knows about the presidential candidates, but what Illinois voters may not know is there is a new proposed amendment that involves taxes. It has been...

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...

A protester holds up a sign during a Black Lives Matter protest.

Editorial: Our commitment to amplifying black voices

By Northern Star Editorial Board | June 9, 2020

Editor’s note: There are currently no members of the Northern Star Editorial Board who are black. This, along with the fact that the majority of our staff is white, is evident of our organization being as much a part of the problem of racial inequality...

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...

UK censorship laws alter free speech

UK censorship laws alter free speech

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 25, 2019

Recently, the U.K. proposed laws that would strictly regulate social media content. The Northern Star Editorial Board asserts that while hate has no place on social media, restricting the capacity of social media is not the solution.A proposal for a set...

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...

University shows care after tragedy

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 28, 2019

In wake of the tragic loss of human resource management student Trevor Wehner and College of Business alumnus Clayton Parks, the university reacted in a way that allowed students to feel safe and come together rather than growing divisive in fear.Wehner...

Website revamp brings new culture

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 18, 2018

The Northern Star has relaunched its site and would like readers to understand how the impact of this change goes beyond aesthetics.While the Editorial Board is proud of the new look of the website, the relaunch also marks a change in our newsroom culture....