is AU's award-winning student-run newspaper that publishes daily content online. The Eagle also prints two special editions per semester.
The Eagle is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press, U-Wire and
Huffington Post College which syndicates to a national audience.
Navigating the Site
Lead and featured stories can be found on the homepage of The Eagle, but additional current stories are also available by clicking on the section links on the left of the page. Users can find past stories by clicking the search or archives tool.
The Eagle adheres to all accepted legal and ethical considerations regarding the First Amendment, including but not limited to libel and invasion of privacy. The Eagle is dedicated to the principles of ethical journalism as described by the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. This includes reporting multiple sides to a story, presenting information in an accurate context and avoiding actual or perceived conflicts of interest.
As a student newspaper, The Eagle is also a learning tool, emphasizing the development of professional, managerial and social skills, as well as the practice of producing a quality, online newspaper. However, The Eagle has a zero-tolerance policy for contributors who plagiarize or deliberately distort information.
Find a full copy of The Eagle's Terms and Conditions
The Eagle receives its funding from the Student Media Board, which distributes money from the Student Activity Fee to eight media organizations. Each semester, the editor-in-chief advocates for money to cover the print editions and items to advance the organization, including a mobile app, cameras for the multimedia team, award submissions and conference fees.
The Eagle joined the Student Media Board in 2013. The Eagle went bankrupt in 2013 and transitioned from a weekly print edition to a daily online publication with two special editions. We currently aim to publish three to five articles a day.
The Eagle received $8,659 from the Student Media Board for the fall semester. Budgets are still being set for the spring semester. We received $3,302 in the fall semester and $1,800 in the spring semester from ad revenue raised by the Student Media Board. Any ads that run in the print paper are given to The Eagle. The Eagle received $8,654 from rollover funds from Fiscal Year 2014 secured by Adell Crowe, the Student Media Board adviser.
This semester, The Eagle has spent:
- $2,731 on the Oct. 17 print edition.
- $38.71 on cookies and plates for The Eagle's general interest meeting.
- $129 to pay for annual membership dues.
- $2,731 on the Dec. 5 print edition.
- $500* for reporting material
- $150 for College Media Association Pinnacle Awards
- $1,099 for a new computer to replace a broken computer
* This transaction has not been completed yet.
The Eagle has received $800 from print ad revenue.
The Eagle editor-in-chief is paid a stipend of $3,000 for the year. The editor-in-chief is the only paid position on The Eagle.
In 2015, The Eagle won the College Media Association Apple Award for Best Newspaper at a four-year school with 5,000-10,000 students. The Eagle submitted the Dec. 5, 2014 issue for the competition. The Eagle was also a finalist in the ACP Peacemaker awards competition.
2013, The Eagle won four Society of Professional Journalist Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards. The Eagle was the winner and finalist in breaking news, the winner in feature writing and a finalist in sports writing.
2012, the Society of Professional Journalists named The Eagle the "Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper at a 4-Year College/University of Medium Size." SPJ also awarded The Eagle four Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards general news reporting and in-depth reporting.
2011, The Eagle won four Society of Professional Journalist Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards. The Eagle won first and third place in feature writing; second place in editorial writing; and third place in breaking news photography.
2010, The Eagle won a a Society of Professional Journalist Region 2 Mark of Excellence Award for general news reporting.
2009, The Eagle won two Society of Professional Journalist Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards. The Eagle staff won second place for online news reporting for "Student Government impeachment proceedings" and third place for breaking news reporting for "Handverger argues innocence."
2007, The Eagle won five Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards. The Eagle won first place in breaking news photography; second place in breaking news reporting and feature photography; and third place in editorial writing and Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper.
2005, The Eagle's editorial staff won a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for excellence in editorial writing with the "Ladner Editorial Series."
2004, the Associated Collegiate Press recognized The Eagle as a Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist and The Eagle Online as an Online Pacemaker Finalist in its national competition.
Eleven Eagle staff members were winners of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C. Scholarship: Heather Mongilio in 2014, Zach Cohen in 2013, Rachel Karas in 2012, Stefanie Dazio and Sarah Parnass in 2011, Jim Phillips and Abby Wihl in 2008, Carolyn Phenicie in 2007, Marissa Newhall and April Seipp in 2006, and Simone Weichselbaum in 2002.
Individual Eagle editors, writers and cartoonists have also won various journalism awards and scholarships for their work on The Eagle.
The Eagle’s relationship with AU
The Eagle is fully independent of the School of Communication, other AU media groups and all student government institutions, including the Student Government and the Graduate Leadership Council. The Eagle is editorially independent of the University in terms of all content, all financial appropriations, and staff and Board of Directors elections and appointments.
The University cannot designate an adviser to The Eagle, but the newspaper may voluntarily consult any University official and/or professional as it sees fit. In addition, the editorial staff may at any time vote to remove or replace the consultant, or to discontinue his or her services.
No one outside The Eagle staff may review the newspaper's content prior to publication.
Complaints, Corrections and Clarifications
The Eagle is currently updating its corrections policy. In the future, all corrected stories and the corrections policy will be found on a corrections page. In the meantime, please read our new corrections policy. The content of the newspaper and all editorial decisions are the ultimate decision and final responsibility of the editor-in-chief. Complaints can be made directly to the editor-in-chief by emailing email@example.com or calling x1402. If not resolved satisfactorily, complainants may then go to the personnel committee of the Board of Directors.
The Eagle is the student newspaper of record for American University and is editorially independent from the University. The Eagle’s mission is to serve as a historical record of the news and events of the American University community. Therefore, The Eagle generally does not remove the Eagle’s created content from its website (www.theeagleonline.com), including its online Archives. In case of a factual error, the Eagle’s created content will be corrected and updated with an editor’s note, but not removed.
If you feel there is a factual error regarding an article, column, photo or other material created by the Eagle, please submit your formal request to the below address, including with your request 1) the name of the written work, 2) its author, 3) the date of publication, 4) a hyperlink to the online version, 5) the factual error in question and 6) any supporting documents.
Requests should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eagle is committed to promptly printing and thoroughly explaining corrections and clarifications, as well as entering them into the online versions of the articles. To report an error, email the editor-in-chief (above).
Letters to the Editor, Opinion Pieces and Suggestions
The Eagle aims to serve as a forum for discourse and debate for the University community. As such, anyone in the AU community may write a letter to the editor (about 300 words) or opinion piece (about 500-800 words) on any topic to be printed in The Eagle.
Students who submit letters or opinion pieces must include name, year and school (ex: Anne Godlasky, senior, SOC and CAS). Anyone who submits a letter or opinion piece must include their phone numbers and e-mail address, which will not be published.
Letters and opinion pieces represent the views of the author and not The Eagle. The Editorial Page Editor and the editor-in-chief reserve the right to edit columns and letters to the editor for libel, length or style, but not for content. The decision to publish a letter to the editor or opinion piece ultimately falls to the Editor-in-Chief.
All submissions must be original to The Eagle and become the property of The Eagle. Unsigned letters will not be published.
Letters and opinions critical of The Eagle are published.
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The staff editorials and reflect the majority view of The Eagle's Editorial Board, which consists of the editor-in-chief, managing editors for content, representatives from the news desks, and other editors. Each member has an equal vote. The staff editorials represent the opinion of The Eagle, and not of any individual staff member(s).
The Eagle Board of Directors elects the Editor-in-Chief and the Business Manager and approves The Eagle's annual budget. The board also addresses problems with and/or proposed amendments to The Eagle Constitution and By-Laws as they arise, as well as any personnel problems or grievances with the newspaper that must go beyond the editor-in-chief. The Board of Directors meets at least three times each academic year – once in the fall semester, and twice in the spring semester to elect the next Editor-in-Chief and Business Manager and to approve The Eagle’s budget.
The Editor-in-Chief and the Business Manager are elected by a majority vote of the Board each year. The qualifications for each position are a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3. The Editor-in-Chief must have been an active Eagle staff member in good standing for at least one year prior to the election. The Business Manager must have completed certain accounting classes in the Kogod School of Business, as specified in The Eagle’s Constitution.
Upon election, the Editor-in-Chief appoints managing editors and section editors and the Business Manager recruits finance and advertising staff.
The Board of Directors is comprised of Eagle alumni, SOC undergraduate and graduate students, at-large undergraduate and graduate students and elected Eagle staff members who each have an equal vote. The current Editor-in-Chief and Business Manager, a Student Activities representative and a University Counsel representative also serve on the board but cannot vote.