Publisher’s note

GJR readers in its print magazine, newsletter and online forms will be seeing improvements resulting from the arrival of Midwest Editor Jackie Spinner. On all platforms there is more Midwest content, particularly additional Chicago and Illinois news.

In today’s newsletter, Spinner writes about the frustratingly slow response of the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor to FOIA disputes. Spinner supervises two student interns and is hoping to recruit additional students each semester. One of them, Carolyn Bradley, has written about the social media response of the Chicago Tribune’s pre-trial interview with Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was convicted of second degree murder in the killing of Laquan McDonald in 2014. And the other, Rocio Villaseñor, has written about the Peoria Journal Star’s attempt to address its blind spots in the African-American community, even as the paper is cutting back.

Meanwhile, SIU Journalism grad Kayli Plotner worked with Spinner to redesign the newsletter and website. The new designs are cleaner and more functional. The newsletter is now designed in a way it can be viewed with ease on a mobile device. GJR also will be stepping up its efforts to boost original newsletter stories in social media to give them a broader reach.

Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. We hope the changes will enable GJR to provide better coverage of Midwest media.

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