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Journalist or Activist?

May 19, 2020

Chicago media critic Robert Feder reported radio talk show host and former TV news reporter Amy Jacobson has been barred from attending Governor J.B. Pritzker's daily coronavirus media briefings after she was one of the speakers at a rally protesting the governor's stay-at-home order.

Feder reported Illinois Republican Party Chairperson Tim Schneider also spoke at the rally, and a few signs at the event compared Pritzker, who is Jewish, to Adolf Hitler.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the story and whether they feel Jacobson should be allowed to participate in the governor’s news briefings.

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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