Every year since I became a journalism professor, I’m asked to do this strange academic ritual called an “annual report.” In that report, I’m required to document every course I teach, every article I’ve written, every meeting of substance, every project. It’s a basic accounting of my time that the college can then use to tell me if I’m pulling my weight. Of course it’s more … [Read more...] about The pandemic exposed deep inequality. We shouldn’t forget that in our race to ‘normal’
This is the commencement address that GJR Editor Jackie Spinner delivered at the graduation ceremony for the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts on May 8. Spinner received an honorary doctorate in media arts. Thank you. Happy Mother’s Day. Eid Mubarak all of you who are celebrating next week. And congratulations to everyone of you who walked, crawled, ran, … [Read more...] about Differences don’t divide us. What divides us is our inability to accept that we are different.
In September 2018, racist flyers from a neo-Nazi group were left on cars parked at a community college in Southern Illinois. A few local news outlets reported on the incident and the college’s subsequent denouncement that followed. But then the story was mostly dropped until the next year when the same flyers from the same group appeared a second time. This time a suspect … [Read more...] about Covering hate: ‘This is not a geographic problem. It’s an American problem.’
Newspapers would have a more limited role in publishing public notices in print or online under a proposal moving through the Illinois legislature. The House bill would give local governments and agencies the option of publishing notices about public hearings, abandoned properties and youth jobs on their own websites. Illinois currently requires that newspapers publish … [Read more...] about Illinois lawmakers want to strip newspapers of lucrative job of publishing public notices