The River Region Evening Edition is a student production of WSIU Public Broadcasting and the College of Mass Communications and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. RREE airs Monday thru Thursday at 5:00 on the WSIU Television Stations. RREE provides the only local newscast at 5:00 p.m for Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri, and Western Indiana.
SIUC students from any major are welcome to learn and grow in the Evening Edition newsroom. In addition to Radio-Television and Journalism majors, recent volunteers in the newsroom have included students from the School of Law, the College of Engineering, the Department of Speech Communication, and majors in Rehabilitation Services.
Student volunteers get the chance to do real, honest-to-goodness journalism. Working on the Evening Edition crew means hands-on experience. Student reports learn how to make contacts, interview newsmakers, and how to use video and audio equipment in the field. Student producers learn how to write and edit broadcast news copy, with an emphasis on visual presentation. During the newscast, students staff the technical positions vital to a live television production, including cameras, video operator, graphics operator, audio operator, and technical director.
The Evening Edition is a partnership program. Faculty and staff from within MCMA 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 2009, a student was honored with a First Place award for Best Videography by theIllinois 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.
The show consistently wins recognition from the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Student Silver Dome Awards. In 2008, Evening Edition received national acclaim with Best Newscast and Best News Team honors from the Broadcast Education Association.
River Region Evening Edition has been honored as the state's best student TV newscast for 2012 by the Illinois Broadcasters Association.