The River Region Evening Edition
More than seventy students from across the SIUC camps come together each semester to produce River Region Evening Edition, a live, half-hour newscast aired on WSIU-TV. The program airs at 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the Fall and Spring terms. The Evening Edition is staffed entirely by volunteer student broadcasters and journalists-- students are completely responsible for reporting, writing, editing, producing, and anchoring the show.
Seen in more than 300,000 households across Southern Illinois and parts of Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee, the Evening Edition is designed with two purposes. First, it is a full-service newscast, competing head-to-head with other local news programs to keep the public informed. Second, it gives students the opportunity to work in a genuine news environment with real deadline pressure.
The Evening Edition is a partnership program. Faculty and staff from within The College of Mass Communication and Media Arts work together to guide the students' newsroom experience, often in concert with their class work in the Department of Radio-Television. This allows students to learn much-needed skills blended with their academic studies.
The Evening Edition news team continues to garner national and regional recognition. In 2010 and 2011 the River Region news team won a host of awards: an 3rd place Emmy in the national College Television awards, a Silver Dome award from the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an honorable mention in the Broadcast Education Association national awards. Numerous individual students also were recognized with a variety of awards for best news story, sports story and videography in these same contests. In 2009, a student was honored with a First Place award for Best Videography by the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. Others received second place awards for Sports Reporting and Best Newscast. A sister program, the monthly live sports program called Saluki SportsView, also earned a First Place Award from the INBA.
In 2008, Evening Edition received national acclaim with Best Newscast and Best News Team honors from the Broadcast Education Association.
Evening Edition is the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award winner for the Best Student TV Newscast in the state 2012.