The DE, the student-run newspaper for the SIU community, celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2016. The Daily Egyptian is published four days a week during the fall and spring semesters, and twice a week in the summer semester. Also, special publications such as our annual Back-To-Campus and Homecoming Editions are distributed throughout the year.
Nearly 100 SIU students work as editors, reporters, photographers, videographers, page designers, graphic artists, advertising sales representatives, production technicians, circulation drivers, website and social media managers.
River Region Evening Edition, SIU's nightly student-run newscast, converged with the Daily Egyptian newsroom, promoting video, audio and on-air skills for news-editorial students.
Seven professional staff members work as advisers and department managers.
But when it comes to creating editorial content, students have full control over their product.
Take a look at this video that gives an example of what a River Region webcast looks like.
Student editors dictate the content of the news in both realms, collaborating on multimedia stories, web stories and print pieces. Students assign all stories, do all the reporting, editing, photography and design, and make all decisions determining if and when a story will run.
The Daily Egyptian routinely wins awards from the Illinois College Press Association for students' coverage of sports, administration, campus and the community. The DE was also the recipient of the National Newspaper Pacemaker for General Excellence, the nation’s most prestigious award.
The Daily Egyptian has the second-largest circulation of any newspaper in southern Illinois, competing and often beating the region's professional news outlet, the Southern Illinoisan, to stories.
The organization's revenue comes through advertising and a $9 per semester student fee. The university does not provide any funding for the production of the newspaper, only facilities. All computers, newsprint, supplies and salaries are paid for through advertising revenue.