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
A top Republican campaign operative supporting Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., posed as a reporter for a college newspaper during a press conference earlier this month in an attempt to embarrass Davis’ Democratic opponent. Miranda Lintzenich, the editor-in-chief at The Alestle - SIU Edwardsville’s student newspaper, said she was concerned when she learned the Davis volunteer … [Read more...] about Rodney Davis volunteer poses as student journalist in opponent’s press conference
With discourse around health care becoming increasingly polarized, Dan Weissmann’s podcast, An Arm and a Leg, offers an insight and understanding into the complex system. But more than that, it serves as a guide for how to create narrative news podcasts. Weissmann is both a traditional print reporter as well as a radio reporter. He has produced audio stories for … [Read more...] about News Analysis: Health care podcast helps listeners navigate complex medical system
Just days before the 4th of July holiday, the DuQuoin Weekly in Southern Illinois got a tip that the country music band, Confederate Railroad, would no longer be playing at the DuQuoin State Fair in August. Confederate Railroad/confederaterailroad.com At first it appeared like a typical scheduling conflict, which wouldn’t have been much of a story. But earlier in … [Read more...] about Southern Illinois paper breaks story in print about state cancelling Confederate Railroad band. It still goes viral.
The Waterloo Republic-Times in southwestern Illinois launched its email “News Flash” in 2012, just as many of the large legacy news organizations were starting theirs. In the beginning, the paper sent a simple text email to a few hundred email addresses with breaking news important to a small community such as a boil order or a blocked road. The paper then formalized the … [Read more...] about Waterloo paper’s early adoption of email newsletter sets it apart