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U of I Tries to Hinder Public Radio Station's Reporting

Oct 22, 2019

NPR Illinois, which is based at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been working with ProPublica to report on the University of Illinois' handling of sexual misconduct cases.  The school's Title IX coordinator responded by telling station leaders that virtually all university employees – including journalists -- are required to report alleged sexual misconduct that they are told about to the Title IX office.  

The school’s ethics officer later concurred with the Title IX coordinator.

Station leaders then asked for an exemption to the school’s rule but the school rejected the request.

Details can be found in an open letter published on the NPR Illinois website.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the situation and explain why they side with the staff at NPR Illinois.

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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