It was big news in January when nonprofit WBEZ radio in Chicago acquired the Chicago Sun-Times, raising $61 million from foundations and individuals to acquire the daily paper under the umbrella of Chicago Public Media. Now, the Sun-Times is taking another step into a new media landscape by taking down its digital paywall and, like WBEZ, asking the community to support its … [Read more...] about Chicago Sun-Times drops its paywall. Will other local newspapers follow?
In April 2021, the federal government indicted a Southern Illinois University Carbondale professor under the “China Initiative,” alleging two counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement in regards to a National Science Foundation grant application made on behalf of the university. If convicted, Mingqing Xiao could have faced up to 20 years in federal prison … [Read more...] about Southern Illinois media fail to report whole story of Chinese-American professor wrongly targeted by feds
Earlier this week, a friend of Chicago Tribune investigative reporter Christy Gutowski was walking past her 22-year-old daughter’s bedroom and heard Gutowski’s voice. Gutowski hadn’t stopped for a visit, however. Her voice was coming from a podcast the news outlet launched in an attempt to reach a younger demographic of its in-depth reporting. The eight-episode Unsealed … [Read more...] about Chicago Tribune creates podcast to lure younger demographic to investigative series marking 40th anniversary of Tylenol murders
Although reporter Jim DeRogatis could have been forced to testify in the recent R. Kelly trial in Chicago, a federal judge declined to make him, deciding that defense attorneys had not made their case. It was a surprise–and a relief–for DeRogatis, who broke the R. Kelly sexual-abuse story in 2000 and has reported on it for the Chicago Sun-Times, Buzzfeed and The New Yorker … [Read more...] about Reporter not required to testify in R. Kelly trial even without federal shield law in place
A group of lawyers who claimed Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley had committed ethics violations in connection with his challenges to the 2020 presidential election is appealing the rejection of their complaint by the Missouri Supreme Court’s chief disciplinary counsel. The appeal, which has not been previously reported, was with the Missouri Supreme Court’s advisory committee Sept. … [Read more...] about Lawyers appeal decision to clear Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley on election ethics complaint