journalism

12:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

How Political Donors Are Changing Statehouse News Reporting

Governing magazine looks at advocacy and journalism with a focus on Illinois (includes a picture of Amanda Vinicky at work in the WUIS/Illinois Issues statehouse bureau).
The talk radio segment started with the opening guitar riffs of Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City." Then, over the first drumbeats of the 1987 rock anthem, came the deep, resonant voice of a male announcer, "Holding government accountable for how they spend our money, it's Illinois Watchdog Radio: Watching the statehouse and cities across the state."
Statehouse
8:21 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Number Of Statehouse Reporters Down More Than One-Third Since 2003

Credit WUIS

As traditional news sources cut back on statehouse reporters, other outlets seek to fill the gaps in coverage.

The Pew Research Journalism Project took a look at statehouse press corps across the country. State populations are generally predictive of the size of their statehouse press corps. At the time of the survey, Illinois had 22 full-time statehouse reporters. Texas had the most at 53. South Dakota had the fewest with two.

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Fundraiser - October 31
1:41 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

WUIS Honors NPR Correspondent Kelly McEvers

Kelly McEvers with Tanks
Glen Carey NPR

Join WUIS in honoring Kelly McEvers for her world class reporting on international affairs October 31, 2013 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.  

Learn more about Kelly and read her recent stories.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS or call 217-523-2787.

Kelly previously reported for WUIS and, when vesting family recently, agreed to do this event as a fundraiser to help support her home town public radio station.  There are two ticket levels:

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1:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

McEvers/Al Sharif Joint Report on Islamic Schools

WUIS Honors NPR Correspondent Kelly McEvers October 31 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Tickets are available at 217-523-2787. This is an example of the innovative reporting she pursues.
American journalist Kelly McEvers (pictured, right) and Saudi journalist Asma Alsharif teamed up to report on how Saudi-funded schools in both countries are adjusting curricula accused of inciting violence during and after 9-11. They worked on an ICFJ program aimed at building journalistic bridges between the United States and predominantly Muslim countries.
Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

End and Means: Program Aims to Produce Strong Public Affairs Reporting

Charles N. Wheeler III
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

A few weeks ago, the University of Illinois Springfield celebrated its 42nd commencement, a joyous occasion for the more than 750 graduates who participated in the ceremony at Springfield’s downtown convention center.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Fri October 1, 2010

Editor's Note: Cracks Are Forming in the Foundation of Responsible Reporting

Dana Heupel
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

In recent years, the distinct lines that once marked the boundaries for impartial journalism have become blurred by television news commentators, radio hosts and Internet bloggers who practice advocacy under the guise of objectivity.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat May 1, 2010

Editor's Note: Authors Argue Time Has Come for Public Subsidization of Journalism

Dana Heupel
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

The framers of the U.S. Constitution understood that for their experiment in self-government to succeed, citizens of the new nation must be armed with information, so they can make decisions about where it is headed. That’s why the First Amendment protects freedom of the press.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat September 1, 2007

Editor's Notebook: The Future of Journalism Rests on the Best of the Old and the New

Peggy Boyer Long
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

Who would have guessed it. Reporters for a monthly print magazine won a national award in online beat reporting. 

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Wed November 1, 2006

Who are the talking heads? Political scientists say what journalists can't or won't

A handful of Illinois political scientists have landed in the Rolodexes of journalists, which gives them, at most, a soapbox for what they call public service. That is, they don't get raises or professional accolades for returning a reporter's phone call at 5:30 p.m. on a Friday. 

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