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Richard Ness wrote a book about journalism movies around 20 years, and in recent years he started work on a second edition. He said the first edition analyzed more than 2,000 films, and he was up to around 4,500 films for the second edition when the publisher stepped in and suggested he scale it back.

Charlie Wheeler has been covering Illinois government for 50 years. As he retires from leading the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield, he reflects on the decline of the Statehouse press corps, the threat that poses to democracy, and the rays of hope in non-profit news.

Pritzker Tells Journalists 'We Need You'

Apr 15, 2019

Governor J.B. Pritzker held his largest press conference over the weekend  and he’s promising media transparency under his administration.

A piece in the Huffington Post bemoans the state of journalism today.  Writer Lorraine Branham, Dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York, said journalism has faltered since the time when the Watergate investigation inspired her and many others to pursue a career in the field. 

It's generally looking like a good job market for college graduates this spring.  But what about for those who wish to be broadcast journalists?

Plan Would Give More Freedom To Student Journalists

Apr 12, 2016

Illinois representatives are debating how much freedom high school journalists should have to criticize their school district's administration.  But state educators and local school districts say they worry about being held responsible for what their schools publish.

Recent mass shootings in the U.S. led some journalists to declare they will not report the shooter's name in such cases.  There are concerns that naming a shooter could turn him/her into a celebrity and could inspire copycats.

Long-time Chicago media critic Robert Feder reported: “Phil Ponce isn’t just the host of WTTW-Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight” anymore. From now on, he’s The Alexandra and John Nichols Chief Correspondent and Host for the public television station’s nightly news program.

“Marking a first in Channel 11’s 60-year history, Window to the World Communications has named an on-air host’s position in honor of a couple of major financial backers.”

A young reporter was recently told to look in the mailbox of a home where news was happening to find out who lived there.

Reporters who’ve asked to see public documents related to the police shooting in Ferguson, MO, are being asked to pay ridiculous amounts of money for the records.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss why they think it’s wrong to impose story quotas in newsrooms.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss whether journalism is a profession that’s becoming dominated by elites.

The conversation was sparked by an MSNBC piece: How lower-income Americans are shut out of journalism. The article points out how future success in journalism can depend on attending the right college and making the right connections.  Such opportunities are not always available to those from low income backgrounds.

The panelists discuss an experiment at the University of Toronto to turn experts into journalists rather than journalists into experts.

Shop Talk - July 10

Jul 10, 2012

The panelists talk about whether journalism is the best major for students who want to be reporters.

While it might seem obvious that a journalism degree would be best for a reporter, panelist Lisa Kernek points out a broad liberal arts education is required because reporters need to know about a lot of different things. She majored in history and found that provided a good background for being a journalist.