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.
Jim DeRogatis, a Chicago pop music critic with a hard news background, almost threw away a fax he received the day before Thanksgiving in 2000. It was that fax--and not an anonymous videotape--that started DeRogatis on the trail of singer-songwriter R. Kelly, who was charged and arrested on Friday for sex crimes. The inaccurate videotape story is still circulating among … [Read more...] about Journalism largely failed in R. Kelly case, but Sun-Times reporters persisted