Niko Dugan

Niko Dugan

Top of the Morning, July 16, 2018

Not two weeks after I looked at the biggest stories of 2018 on our website, a new entry has quickly climbed into second place and is knocking the door for most pageviews.

Top of the Morning, July 9, 2018

Sunday marked the latest installment in a series that provides a visual treat online.

For the past six months, staff writer PAUL WOOD has been chronicling the history of architectural marvels around the area as part of his "Significant Structures" series, and our staff photographers have matched his words with careful documentation of each one, inside and out.

Top of the Morning, July 2, 2018

With half of 2018 in the rearview mirror, it's a good time to take some stock at

Top of the Morning, June 25, 2018

I'll take any chance I can get to incorporate more helpful graphics in the web version of our stories, and staff writer BEN ZIGTERMAN gave me two more opportunities last week.

In both, I made use of a tool we have dabbled with before but hadn't used in quite some time — Juxtapose, from Northwestern University's Knight Lab.

Top of the Morning, June 18, 2018

Multimedia specialist ANTHONY ZILIS has been busy with his drone recently, to readers' benefit.

Over the past few weeks, he's provided three aerial views of some important goings-on — or future goings-on — in the area.

Top of the Morning, June 11, 2018

If you were thinking that C-U got swallowed whole by thunderstorms this weekend, you were perhaps more right than you knew.

That's the impression reader KENT WENDLER of Champaign got when he looked at the radar Friday afternoon as one of the small but intense bursts of severe weather moved through the area.

Top of the Morning, June 4, 2018

In the world of breaking news, one thing's certain: It almost never happens during business hours.

Such was the case again last weekend, leading to one of the year's biggest stories — at least in terms of website and social-media traffic. Thank goodness longtime crime and courts reporter MARY SCHENK was on the case.

Top of the Morning, May 28, 2018

Though it marks the unofficial beginning of summer, the holiday we observe today was born out of solemn remembrance for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.

So now that many of the weekend barbecues are over and the municipal pools have been broken in for the season, it would behoove us to take a minute to honor those who gave up their lives.

Top of the Morning, May 21, 2018

The debut of CAROL VOREL's new podcast series looking at area cold cases gave us another opportunity to really show off our multimedia abilities.

Sure, in print, you read about the case and saw photos of Barbara Bremer, a timeline of the details of her mysterious, unsolved death and a map outlining key locations (below).

Top of the Morning, May 14, 2018

With the busy University of Illinois commencement/Mother's Day weekend now over, those wishing to reminisce and perhaps grab a few more keepsakes should take a look back at our multimedia coverage.