Niko Dugan

Niko Dugan

Top of the Morning, Jan. 14, 2019

On mug shots and crime reporting

If you're like most readers of online news content, you've probably noticed a recent change in the presentation of some stories at

Top of the Morning, Aug. 20, 2018

With school back in session this week, there was no shortage of things to do on the unofficial last weekend of summer — and we were all over it.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 13, 2018

The end of an era in Campustown nightlife brought out a lot of reminiscing this week.

After news broke Wednesday that Kam's, known as the "Home of the Drinking Illini," would be changing hands for the first time in 27 years, memories started flooding in on social media.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 6, 2018 (w/ video)

About a week ago, I took advantage of the chance to do something I should probably do more often — take a flight out of Willard Airport.

Top of the Morning, July 23, 2018

Our Twitter account had a milestone nullifed recently — but it turns out it was for a good reason.

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.