National Public Radio is creating a new journalism hub in the Midwest that will emphasize investigative reporting and underserved communities in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. The hub, funded through a $4.7 million grant from philanthropists Eric and Wendy Schmidt, means that these states will get an infusion of money while two huge news events are playing out in … [Read more...] about National Public Radio creates nonprofit, local journalism in underserved regions with new regional journalism hub
Journalists in Indiana are pushing back after Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered the state’s flagship newspaper, the Indianapolis Star, to stop publishing stories about his administration’s handling of worker safety investigations at Amazon facilities. Holcomb issued a cease-and-desist letter on Nov. 29 to the newspaper and the nonprofit news organization that reported the … [Read more...] about Journalists fight Indiana governor’s attempt to stop reporting on his administration’s safety inspections at Amazon facilities
A local reporter asked a question to a U.S. Housing and Urban Development senior official that sparked a three-day Twitter war in late August between the Trump appointee and the journalist. https://twitter.com/PDPJ/status/1174440846164467713 Molly Parker, a reporter for the Southern Illinoisian, has reported on the country’s public housing crisis locally and nationally … [Read more...] about Question from Southern Illinoisan reporter sparks Twitter war with Trump appointee
The national outdoor retailer REI Co-op wants to get people off their phones and into the outdoors by investing in local news organizations and publishing its own magazine instead of a catalog. The recreational outdoor equipment store is scheduled to publish its new magazine, Uncommon Path, this fall. REI also announced it would match up to $10,000 in … [Read more...] about REI launches new magazine, offers support to local news organizations for environmental journalism
The sweeping Green New Deal effort to combat climate change choked in Washington this spring, dying in the U.S. Senate before most Midwest news consumers had a chance to consider its merits--or failings. That’s because fact-based journalism on the Green New Deal was rare and spotty in regional news outlets. The majority of Midwestern media used wire from national news … [Read more...] about The Green New Deal was an important story for the Midwest. But coverage didn’t reflect that.