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Since 1962, the Independent has been a public forum for the university and community around Northeastern Illinois University. The Independent is completely student-run and receives no prior review of its content by anyone other than its student editors. The Independent is a member of the Illinois College Press Association and Associated Collegiate Press and has been the recipient of over 60 awards, most notably for design and best in show. A listing of awards is available for view at

Alumni may request a copy of all awards presented to them by email request to

The Independent is published every other week during the Fall and Spring semesters and twice times over the summer.

The Independent is always looking for reporters, photographers, reviewers, copy editors, writers, graphic designers, layout staff and business/sales staff.

Visit the Independent office at E-049 (under Follet’s Bookstore, near the cafeteria and student lounge). The staff holds open meetings on Tuesdays at 3PM during the Fall and Spring semesters as well as journalism workshops during the summer.

Applications are available online at or by emailing

For more information or questions, to submit news tips or story ideas, or to apply to join the staff, email:

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2016-2017 Editorial Board:

Editor-in-Chief: Brett Starkopf

Managing Editor: Robin Bridges

Production Editor: Pablo Medina

News Editor: Steven Villa

Arts and Life Editor: Rut Ortiz

Opinions Editor: Courtney Munson

Sports Editor: Spencer Jones

Marketing Director: Samantha Sandowski 

Payroll Manager: Saddaf Wassem 

Social Media Strategist: Robin Bridges

Phone: 773-442-4577
Room: E-049

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