Four new members will be inducted into the Vidette Hall of Fame Saturday, in conjunction with ISU’s Communication Week. The induction ceremony will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Circus Room of the Bone Student Center.
“Inductees are individuals dedicated to maintaining a viable student newspaper and related digital outlets to serve the Illinois State University community.” John Plevka, general manager of The Vidette, said.
The four individuals who will be recognized this year include Ed Pyne, John Abrams, Alex Reside and Rick Jones, who all had an impact on the student-run newspaper and continue to inspire The Vidette’s staff.
Pyne served as a reporter, sports editor and co-editor of The Vidette from 1968 to 1970. With co-editor Sara Schuler, he led The Vidette during a hectic semester in 1970, which included the Kent State shootings, Black Panther shootings in Chicago and a standoff on the Quad at ISU.
Pyne is now the publisher and editor of The Normalite Newspaper Group, which serves McLean County with eight weekly papers.
“I never reached the big time, as they say, spending the past 42 years in the weekly newspaper business, but it has been rewarding,” Pyne said.
“While at ISU working on The Vidette was a great learning experience. I still remember my first interview with ISU Coach Archie Harris and the thrill of seeing my byline. What I learned at The Vidette has been so valuable in my career. I want to especially thank professors Michael Shelly and the late Raymond Tudor and Sports Information Director Roger Cushman for their encouragement and support.”
Abrams worked at The Vidette in the late 80s. He served as both a reporter and news editor and was vital to The Vidette’s move from typewriters to computers. During his time at ISU, he also worked part-time as the paper’s first systems manager.
Since graduating, he has worked for the McDonald’s Corporation, served as Vice President of Cardinal Health and is now president of Shotfarm, LLC.
Reside worked as a photographer and photo editor at The Vidette from January 2007 until he graduated in spring 2010. He interned for Rolling Stone in NYC during the summer of 2009 and returned to New York after graduating.
Reside is a freelance photographer with multiple online and print credits for Rolling Stone. He worked as assistant online editor for US Weekly in December 2010. Since 2011, he has worked for Time Warner. He is currently a photo editor for InStyle.com.
Jones is a professor in the communication department and served as The Vidette’s general manager for 16 years before retiring in May 2012. Jones has taught at ISU since 1987; prior to joining the faculty, he worked as a professional journalist, winning numerous awards for his outstanding reporting.
“I am both proud and humbled by this recognition,” Jones said.
“As general manager, I was very much a purist when it came to the concept of a student-run newspaper. I allowed the students to sit in the driver’s seat when it came to content decisions. It is not only the law in the State of Illinois; it is — the right thing to do.”
“I loved being part of The Vidette family, watching students grow and learn to believe in themselves and their talents.”
The Vidette and the ISU community congratulate these four and thank them for making The Vidette a success, both during their time on the paper and today through their legacy.