WELH AND LATER WEIU

RADIO AND TELEVISION FOR CENTRAL ILLINOIS

PART F

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EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY HISTORY OF  THE EASTERN NEWS--   A HISTORY

 

EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY HAS OLD NEWS GATHERING & REPORTING HISTORY

Even before the start of WDZ at Tuscola in 1921, Eastern Illinois State Normal School was in the business of teaching journalism. The school •wouldn't have a newspaper until 1915, and when it did get one, it was a private venture. Mr. Stanley Elam recorded a history of the publication, first called THE NORMAL SCHOOL NEWS. The small newspaper was printed by the Prather Printing Shop (600 block of Van Buren, in Charleston). Until 1921-22, the paper would be supported by advertisers and private sources. In 1921, the paper was renamed the TEACHERS COLLEGE NEWS.

MR. ELAM DESCRIBES THE FIRST EASTERN NEWSPAPER

"A very small group of enterprising spirits first saw the need of a school paper at Eastern Illinois. It was made up of Bob Prather, then a middle-aged print shop owner, who wanted to print a paper, Ivan Goble, who wanted to edit one, and Ernest Bails and editor, Me Gurty, who needed jobs. Among them they obtained permission to use the school's name, organized a staff, gathered news, solicited, advertising and subscriptions (at 50 cents a semester), and managed the miles of red tape incident to the inception of any sort of newspaper."

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR EASTERN NEWSPAPER IN 1922

In 1922, the TEACHER'S COLLEGE NEWS advisor, S.E. Thomas, arranged for the paper

to be supported by college funds, specifically a portion of the student activity fee. This would make the newspaper an official function of the university.

NEW LOOK FOR THE TEACHER'S COLLEGE NEWS

In 1929, F.L. Andrews became advisor for the NEWS. The newly appointed editor, Harold Middlesworth  (1929-31), helped the   newspaper and its circulation to greatly improve.

PAPER WINS PRESTIGIOUS COLLEGE PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARD

In 1931, under the editorial leadership of F.L. Andrews, THE TEACHERS COLLEGE NEWS won the "best in its class" award from the College Press Association. The news had "become to make itself felt as a constructive force on the campus."

PAPER PRINTED AT COURIER DURING THE 1940'S

The Charleston Courier took on the responsibility for printing the EATERN TEACHER'S NEWS for a few years during the 1940's. In 1945, the NEWS had a special whole page interview of Benjamin Weir, Arthur Lynch and an old-time press operator. [See the articles in p. 12 of the Arthur Lynch story & E-2 of the newspaper mini-history]

NEWS SPONSORS THE FIRST HOMECOMING QUEEN ELECTION

In   1930,   the   TEACHERS   COLLEGE   NEWS

The News sponsored an election to select the homecoming queen. The paper has conducted this activity and is being continued to this day.

EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY NEWSPAPER USES SEVERAL NAMES
1915-21-Normal School News
1921-39-Teacher's College News
1939-47-Eastern Teacher's News
1947-64 -Eastern State News
1964-1973-Eastern News
1973-present-Eastern Daily News

EASTERN'S NEWSPAPER WEEKLY PUBLICATION, ENDS UP DAILY ONE

In 1949, the EASTERN STATE NEWS was weekly. In 1968 (now the EASTERN NEWS) there were two issues; in 1971, three issues; and in fall of 1973, the NEWS came out daily. The EASTERN NEWS is now called the EASTERN DAILY NEWS.

"TELL THE TRUTH AND DON'T BE AFRAID" CREATES PROBLEMS FOR PAST EDITORS

Between 1949 and 1974, there were two serious

 


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