When Trump attacks: a surreal moment for American journalists

At a campaign rally in Montana on Oct. 18, U.S. President Donald Trump openly praised a politician who assaulted a journalist. There is not a single word in that sentence that could be described as fake news. Trump was in Montana. There was a campaign rally. And video and audio reports, including one from Fox …

News Literacy Project’s Peter Adams on how to fight fake news

ST. LOUIS — While living in a time where fake news has become normal, a necessary skill that citizens must have is media literacy. As the featured speaker for Media Literacy week hosted by Gateway Media Literacy Partners, Peter Adams, senior vice-president of the News Literacy Project said not preparing students to navigate the complex …

Illinois newspaper’s unique fact-checking initiative

A community newspaper in Forest Park, Illinois, launched a unique fact-checking initiative during the recent midterm election season, inviting readers to send campaign mailers to its journalists to check for accuracy. Readers sent in nine mailers from various groups such as the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce & Development. Many of the mailers were referendums …

Midwest J Schools don’t see Trump bump

Journalism schools in the Midwest are not necessarily seeing the same bump in enrollment from President Trump’s war on the media as their counterparts closer to the nation’s capital. The Washington Post reported in September that Trump appeared to be “giving a jolt to journalism schools that in recent years struggled to cope with industry …

From stories of hope to the massacre in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood

Opinion WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last Saturday, student journalists at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting told stories from around the globe about religious persecution, sex trafficking and the hopes and dreams of refugees and migrants hunting for a better life across an ocean, or gulf or invisible national border.  They were hopes sometimes realized in …

Publisher’s note

GJR readers in its print magazine, newsletter and online forms will be seeing improvements resulting from the arrival of Midwest Editor Jackie Spinner. On all platforms there is more Midwest content, particularly additional Chicago and Illinois news. In today’s newsletter, Spinner writes about the frustratingly slow response of the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor …

Illinois’ Public Access Counselor frustratingly slow; AG candidates promise changes

The public ambulance service in the small northwestern Illinois village of Hanover was used to working in private. When Galena Gazette reporter Dan Burke asked its governing board for meeting agendas and minutes, it refused. When citizens asked for a budget, personnel qualifications and a list of purchases, it also refused. Citizens’ rights to demand …

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