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
It was a hell of a way to go out. In their final investigation for the Belleville News-Democrat, one of Illinois’ top investigative reporting duos found that East St. Louis was not only one of the deadliest cities in America, it also had one of the lowest rates for solving murders. Through meticulous reporting that Beth Hundsdorfer and George Pawlazcyk were known for in … [Read more...] about Exit of Illinois’ longest-serving investigative reporting duo signals end of an era at the Belleville News-Democrat
The body of a small boy lies face down on the wet sand, the cold water lapping around him. In another scene, a mother runs from plumes of thick gas, her hands holding tightly to her two children. These images of three-year-old Alan Kurdi and 39-year-old Maria Lila Meza Castro are often the only representation of life as a migrant or refugee that the public sees. The image … [Read more...] about Worth a thousand words: How photojournalists are changing the way they capture migrant life