In the year since the Florida Alligator issued a call to action to save college newspapers around the country, hundreds of student-run publications signed on to raise awareness about the financial cuts that threaten to shutter or significantly reduce their presence at their institutions. The campaign received national publicity in its first days and months, with … [Read more...] about Campaign to save student newsrooms shifts gears from finances to censorship
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter listens through a closed courthouse door and tweets what he hears. The judge finds the eavesdropping reporter in contempt and orders him to write letters of apology. He is also to “participate in an educational program with court staff” on the First Amendment and right to a fair trial. The case file disappears from Missouri’s … [Read more...] about When should justice be outside public view?
As a young photojournalist just a few years out of college, Jason Howell was finally settling down. He had a full-time staff job at the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier in eastern Illinois and had just signed a year-long lease on an apartment in Charleston. As the only staff photographer at a paper that dates back to 1860, he was capturing the bread-and-butter images of a … [Read more...] about News Analysis: Readers want good visuals, but newsrooms keep laying off photojournalists who can deliver them
Jackie Serrato, now a journalist at the Chicago Reporter, a non-profit founded in 1972, entered the industry determined and untrained. She had started a Facebook page to share local news from an Hispanic neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side and to give residents a platform to discuss issues facing the Little Village neighborhood. But Serrato was surprised to find that community … [Read more...] about Chicago non-profit media outlets are challenging notions of how a newsroom should operate
Like many statehouse press corps, the one in Illinois is a fraction of what it used to be. Since the legislative session started this year, about a dozen reporters, including interns, have been assigned to cover what’s going on in the Illinois capital. A decade ago, there were 30 full-time statehouse press reporters in Springfield and even more on session days. It’s loss … [Read more...] about New statehouse bureau aims to fill gap in coverage for Illinois newspapers