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Reporting on the Taxes Paid by the Super-Wealthy

Jun 15, 2021

Poynter examined a story ProPublica reported about the taxes paid by the wealthiest Americans. The ProPublica story said billionaires pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth — sometimes, even nothing.

The story does not accuse the super-wealthy of wrongdoing. Yet Poynter found it a worthy story because it demonstrates why we should at least examine how taxes work for the rich.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the story and the value of investigative journalism.

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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