Tri States Public Radio Southeast Iowa Bureau Correspondent Jason Parrott joins the Shop Talk panel today to talk about his career at TSPR. This is Parrott's final week with the radio station. He will begin a job with the City of Quincy next week.
Parrott worked for TSPR while he was a student at Western Illinois University. He went on to earn a master’s degree from the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield before rejoining TSPR as a professional when the station opened a bureau in southeast Iowa.
Parrott estimated that during his career at TSPR he attended at least 750 government meetings, conducted around 5,000 interviews, and wrote roughly 10,000 stories on a wide range of topics.
Afternoon Edition will go on hiatus next week but Shop Talk will continue as a weekly podcast.
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.