Reporters become part of the story
We’ve had two examples recently – one local, one international -- of reporters becoming either the focus of a story or at least part of a story.
In the local case, one of NEWS3’s reporters was among those injured in the March 25 shooting at an off-campus party in Macomb. She reportedly suffered five gunshot wounds. She is recovering at home in Chicago.
Her colleagues reported on the shooting and her injuries in the days after the shooting.
The international case involves Evan Gershkovich, who was reporting for The Wall Street Journal when Russian agents detained him last week.
The Russian government accused him of spying. The Wall Street Journal denied the allegations and called for his immediate release.
NPR reported that Gershkovich joined The Wall Street Journal's Moscow bureau in January 2022. He has covered Russia since 2017, and has also worked with The Moscow Times and the Agence France-Presse.
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 and the students at student radio station The Dog: Jessica Martin, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and is news director of NEWS3-TV at WIU; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.