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Controversies Result in Departures from NY Times

Feb 17, 2021

As reported by CNN and other news outlets, two prominent staffers of The New York Times are leaving the paper. Both were involved in high-profile controversies.

Andy Mills produced a 12-part podcast called “Caliphate,” which is about the Islamic State.  It turns out a central character in the series was fabricated.

The other prominent staff member to depart is science and health reporter Donald McNeil, Jr. The Daily Beast recently reported that participants in a 2019 school trip to Peru accused McNeil of making "racist and sexist remarks throughout the trip."

Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues.  This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.

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