An intern gets a big lesson in investigative reporting in a small town

About two months after I arrived in Southern Illinois for a reporting internship this fall at the Pinckneyville Press, a several-ton mulch pile caught fire at the Alstat Wood Product yard about eight miles south of town. It burned for the better part of September and October, billowing smoke that could be seen for miles …

Chicago Sun-Times Continues Plan for New Website with Vox Media’s Chorus

The Chicago Sun-Times website is finally getting a more than a Botox injection. The Sun-Times is the first legacy print newspaper to partner with Vox Media’s Chorus, a publishing platform that runs slick websites like SB Nation. Readers should be able to see the revamped website sometime next year. It is long in coming and …

Illinois native, Wash U grad reports from Asia for NPR

Anthony Kuhn is the new Seoul correspondent for NPR, but the Chicago native and Washington University graduate started exploring the world through language as a boy growing up in the Midwest. In elementary and high school, Kuhn studied French, Latin and ancient Greek, ultimately leading him to major in French literature at Washington University in …

News Literacy Project’s Peter Adams on how to fight fake news

ST. LOUIS — While living in a time where fake news has become normal, a necessary skill that citizens must have is media literacy. As the featured speaker for Media Literacy week hosted by Gateway Media Literacy Partners, Peter Adams, senior vice-president of the News Literacy Project said not preparing students to navigate the complex …

Illinois newspaper’s unique fact-checking initiative

A community newspaper in Forest Park, Illinois, launched a unique fact-checking initiative during the recent midterm election season, inviting readers to send campaign mailers to its journalists to check for accuracy. Readers sent in nine mailers from various groups such as the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce & Development. Many of the mailers were referendums …

Midwest J Schools don’t see Trump bump

Journalism schools in the Midwest are not necessarily seeing the same bump in enrollment from President Trump’s war on the media as their counterparts closer to the nation’s capital. The Washington Post reported in September that Trump appeared to be “giving a jolt to journalism schools that in recent years struggled to cope with industry …

From stories of hope to the massacre in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood

Opinion WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last Saturday, student journalists at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting told stories from around the globe about religious persecution, sex trafficking and the hopes and dreams of refugees and migrants hunting for a better life across an ocean, or gulf or invisible national border.  They were hopes sometimes realized in …

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