The Vidette

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The Vidette
Illinois State University
Illinois State University's news source
The Daily Vidette Logo.png
Type Semi-weekly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Editor-in-chief Monica Mendoza
News editor Becky Fletcher
Cindy Hernandez
Opinion editor Monica Mendoza
Sports editor Jonathan Barlas
Kade Heather
Photo editor Samantha Brinkman
Ali Rasper
Staff writers 50
Founded 1888; 130 years ago (1888)
Language English
Headquarters Locust and University
Normal, IL 61790
United States
City Normal, IL
Country United States
Circulation 5,000[1]
OCLC number 16854027

The Vidette (formerly The Daily Vidette) is the student newspaper of Illinois State University. It is an affiliate of UWIRE, which distributes and promotes the paper's content to its network.[2]


The Vidette was first published in 1888 and operated as a subscription publication until 1915 when it began receiving support through student fees. Publication frequency increased from weekly to semiweekly in 1934 before reverting to weekly publication in 1943. Through the 1960s and 1970s publication frequency eventually increased to five days per week. In 2013 and 2014 the newspaper reduced publication frequency to four and then two days per week.[1]


The Vidette covers international, national, state and local news as well as in-depth features and reviews.[1] In addition, the paper provides ISU students with professional work experience as journalists, graphic designers, web developers and media advertising sales representatives. It employs between 80 and 100 students each year[3] and runs on a budget of about $500,000 annually, driven primarily through advertising revenue.[citation needed]

The Vidette has a circulation of 5,000 issues a day Monday and Thursday during the fall and spring semesters and 4,000 issues on select Wednesdays during the summer. It prints 5,000 issues on Wednesdays during the summer semester.[1] In addition to the daily issue, the newspaper staff also produce between six and seven special magazine sections throughout the year on a range of topics. The Vidette has 55 drop spots around the Bloomington-Normal area.[citation needed]


Film about the Vidette

The Vidette consistently produces award winning editorial and advertising content. In 2017, The Vidette won Second Place in General Excellence at the annual Illinois College Press Association convention, which recognizes student newspapers for outstanding work in all aspects of production. Recently, it won three national advertising awards among college newspapers with a circulation under 30,000:[4]

  • First Place Front Page Design
  • Second Place General Excellence
  • First Place Headline Writing
  • First Place Sports Page Design
  • First Place Spot News Photo
  • First Place Editorial Cartoon
  • First Place Survival Guide
  • First Place Best Newspaper Promotion Ad
  • First Place Best Newspaper Promotion Campaign


  1. ^ a b c d "About The Vidette". The Vidette. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ "Affiliates". Uloop Inc. Retrieved 25 February 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ "Staff List". The Vidette. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
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