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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.

Journalists killed covering the crisis in Ukraine

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At least five journalists have been killed while reporting on the war in eastern Europe, which began on February 24 when Russia invaded Ukraine.

American journalist Brent Renaud was working for Time Studios, Ukrainian journalist Sasha Kushynova was a consultant for Fox News, and Irish cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski was alongside Kushynova.

Also killed in the past month were Ukrainian journalists Evgeny Sakun and Viktor Dudar.

Also regarding the war, NPR reported that the Kremlin has been spreading lies about the U.S. and Ukraine conducting chemical and biological weapons activities. NPR said Russia has been receiving help in disseminating its disinformation from far-right social media channels, Fox News, and followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

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.

Rich is TSPR's News Director.