The Shop Talk panelists discuss news coverage of the police killing of George Floyd and the public demonstrations that followed. They point out police in some of the larger protests have gotten aggressive with journalists; they wonder what police might be trying to hide.
The panelists said it’s becoming more dangerous for journalists in the United States to do their job. They said part of the problem stems from the anti-journalism rhetoric of the nation’s leader and his followers.
But they add journalists continue to head into the field because they believe in their mission and the importance of informing their audiences.
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.