Four years after creating safety modules for journalism graduate students, Thomas Durkin, education program director at the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, realized many undergraduates were out reporting in situations that required awareness and decided to take action. “We would talk to students. I remember being at the University of Michigan and a student told me about … [Read more...] about Foley Foundation creates safety modules for journalism professors to help students covering pandemic, protests
A Chicago Tribune reporter who is sick at home with Covid-19 symptoms said the newspaper is trying to make her take limited paid time off instead of sick leave to recover and did not give her access to personal protective gear in the weeks before she became ill. In a series of Tweets starting April 1, Jessica Villagomez, a Tribune reporter who has been with the company … [Read more...] about Reporters press for sick leave, protective gear during pandemic
It’s almost hard to imagine. An island community of 13,000 in the Canadian waters of Lake Huron still supports two newspapers at a time when bigger American cities like Oakland and even comparable sized ones like Biddeford, Maine, have lost theirs. A recent front page of the The Manitoulin Expositor had stories about a drinking water crisis in the native community; a plan by … [Read more...] about As community papers struggle, one island news outlet thrives by sticking to shoe-leather tactics
After covering shootings several days in a row, Chicago freelancer Evan Moore had to report from a press conference that featured mothers of gun violence victims. It was almost Memorial Day in 2016, and the mothers, now anti-violence advocates, were urging people to stop the violence ahead of what historically has been a very violent weekend in Chicago, a sort of kickoff to the … [Read more...] about Mental hazards of reporting not just a danger for war correspondents
Singer-songwriter R. Kelly is currently facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four different victims, three of whom were underage when the alleged crimes took place, but allegations about him and underage girls have persisted for two decades. During that time, Chicago Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis, reporter Abdon Pallasch and columnist Mary … [Read more...] about Chicago media outlets ignored R. Kelly story for decades. We try to understand why.