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 more than 60 awards, most notably for design and best in show. 

The Independent is currently primarily online. Under normal circumstances, it is published every other week during the fall and spring semesters and twice over the summer.

Student participation is welcomed in the following roles at The Independent: reporters, photographers, reviewers, copy editors, writers, graphic designers, layout staff and business/sales staff.

Applications are available online or by emailing

For more information or questions, to submit news tips or story ideas, or to apply to join the staff, email the Student Media Advisor at

Phone: (773) 442-4577