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Video Editor Brandon Giesey, (from left), Editor in Chief Sam Malone and Sports Editor Marcel Carrasco laugh together Oct. 12 at the Northern Star office. Giesey and Carrasco will graduate Sunday.

Editors graduate and say farewell

By Northern Star Editors | December 8, 2019

Despite obstacles, make the most out of collegeBrandon Giesey | Video EditorMy college career is one that has experienced many ups and downs. I started my time in community college, transferred to a school in the Southeastern Conference and then ended...

Echo chambers can create biases

By Anthony Parlogean | December 4, 2019

The news is constantly battling for our attention through our luminescent screens, as well as radio and print media. In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, this constant stream of information may be contributing to the creation and prolongation of echo...

Kind spirit of Mr. Rogers brought to life in new biopic

By Parker Otto | November 26, 2019

In recent years, Fred Rogers has become a cultural icon in the digital age with the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” becoming the highest grossing biographical documentary of all time and episodes of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” becoming...

Fill in the blank: A public figure who inspires me is…

By Northern Star Opinion Staff | September 27, 2019

Jameela JamilNina Kasman | ContributorA celebrity that inspires me is Jameela Jamil because I really admire the way that she spreads positivity and self-love. Jamil uses her platform to fight against companies that profit from selling weight-loss solutions...

Star editors say goodbye

Jessie Kern | News EditorIt’s crazy to think after this week I will be writing the end of, arguably, my greatest chapter yet. Transferring to NIU, I wasn’t in the greatest headspace. The ground I found myself standing on was the furthest thing from...

Graduating editors say goodbye to the Star

By Michael Urbanec & Tom Burton | December 9, 2018

Always be willing to learnMichael Urbanec | Sports EditorI wasn’t well prepared when Madison Kacer hired me as a news reporter for the Northern Star in fall 2017. I came in with the same story many of our writers have: We were all told we were good...

In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, right, Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, second right, and Bahrains Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, second left, attend the Future Investment Initiative conference, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Salman addressed the summit on Wednesday, his first such comments since the killing earlier this month of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

Point/ Counterpoint: WWE

By James Krause | October 31, 2018

WWE needs to cancel Crown JewelJames Krause | Sports Contributor After the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, several prominent business figures pulled out of a Saudi Arabian investment conference.If Saudi Arabia is too unsettled...

Top Editors’ farewell to the Star

By Top Editors | May 8, 2017

Chief shares in a sweet, final send-offJay Ibarra | Editor-in-ChiefToday is my last day as Editor-in-Chief, and I am graduating this Saturday with a major in journalism and minor in political science. It took me five years, five majors, possibly five...

(From left) Jay Ibarra and Nick Bosshart smile for a photo at the 2017 Journalism Banquet. 

Farewell column: Chief shares in sweet, final send-off

By Jay Ibarra | May 8, 2017

Today is my last day as Editor-in-Chief, and I am graduating Saturday with a major in journalism and minor in political science. It took me five years, five majors, possibly five different minors – at this point I can’t remember – to figure out...

How should journalists respond to bin Laden’s death?

By David Thomas | May 2, 2011

Can I celebrate Osama bin Laden's death? This question does not come out of my practicality side, but my philosophical. And it has nothing to do with my patriotism, but with my desired career path as a journalist. As a journalist, I am supposed to remain...

Joe Distelheim

Joe Distelheim

By Jim Killam | January 6, 2011

Joe Distelheim presided over the Northern Star's rapid evolution from a small-time weekly paper to a big-time near-daily. And, it all played out so quickly that he scarcely remembers leading the effort. Others do, though. "Aside from the faculty, Joe...

Reporting can be deadly

By David Thomas | November 7, 2010

Have you ever heard of Oleg Kashin? If your answer is no, don't worry. It's not a name that gets passed around a lot, unless you happen to discuss Russian journalism on a frequent basis. On Saturday, Kashin, a prominent Russian journalist, was nearly...