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Shop Talk

Tri States Public Radio's weekly round table discussion of media related issues featuring News Director Rich Egger, WIU Broadcasting Professor Mike Murray and WIU Jounalism Professor Bill Knight.

Nieman Lab has a story about a new partnership between Report for America and the Native American Journalists Association.  The story said the organizations will collaborate to support 19 journalists in the next year. They will cover Native American and Indigenous communities in the United States

The Truth Sandwich

Mar 3, 2020

Media columnist Margaret Sullivan wrote in the Washington Post that President Donald Trump's propensity for lies and falsehoods could prove dangerous as the coronavirus threatens to turn into a full-blown pandemic. She shared an idea from linguist George Lakoff on how reporters might want to cover the president, especially on the coronavirus issue.

The Associated Press reported that ABC News is moving aggressively to boost its streaming service with the belief that streaming services will change the news business over the next decade.

The Atlantic reported on what it called the largest-ever study of fake news.  And the publication called the findings "grim."

Two investigative reporters at the Chicago Tribune recently submitted an op-ed to the New York Times, expressing concerns about the Tribune's future.  David Jackson and Gary Marx also sounded the alarm on the "Chicago Tonight" program on the city’s public TV station, WTTW.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the latest clash between the Trump administration and a journalist.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blew up at NPR's Mary Louise Kelly when she asked him a question related to Ukraine.  He claimed they agreed to limit the conversation to Iran.

Newsweek reported that at least two reporters said they resigned from the official Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) network, and a third former presenter offered an apology, as the country was gripped by a nationwide furor after Iran shot down a passenger jet.

The AP and other news outlets said journalists will face restrictions as they try to cover the U.S. Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. The AP reported that all throughout the Capitol building, reporters were prevented from stopping to wait for senators or talking to them outside designated media pens.

It Is Polling Season

Jan 14, 2020

An article in PolitiFact reported that voters will be seeing poll results in their news feeds — lots of them. But not all polls are created equal and it can be hard to put the results into the proper context. 

A story in Columbia Journalism Review takes the media to task for failing to do enough reporting on climate change.  The story said most of the major network newscasts and shows on CNN and MSNBC neglected to do a story on the United Nations Environment Program's annual assessment of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Associated Press reported that deaths among journalists killed in the line of duty are lower this year, but a journalism advocacy group said one reason appears to be that media workers are refraining from going to the most dangerous areas.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss a story in Columbia Journalism Review, which reported that mass layoffs at the Denver Post a little more than a year ago led to a rebellion against the paper's owner, Alden Global Capital. 10 journalists defected from the Post to risk launching The Colorado Sun when a cryptocurrency and blockchain technology company offered them grant money to do so. 

CNN and other news outlets reported President Trump's 2020 campaign announced that it will no longer credential Bloomberg News reporters for its events.  The decision was issued after Bloomberg said it would not conduct investigations into the Democratic presidential candidates but would continue to probe the Trump administration.

Tri States Public Radio Southeast Iowa Bureau Correspondent Jason Parrott joins the Shop Talk panel today to talk about his career at TSPR. This is Parrott's final week with the radio station. He will begin a job with the City of Quincy next week.

Chicago-based Robert Feder, who reports on the media, joined others in taking to task the student newspaper at Northwestern University. The Daily Northwestern's editor-in-chief and eight other editors signed an editorial that apologized for the paper's coverage of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' appearance at a College Republicans event and the protests that accompanied his appearance.

Aggregation Plan Doesn't Benefit Local News (Part 2)

Nov 13, 2019

The Shop Talk panelists continue last week's conversation about Mark Zuckerberg's plan to begin Facebook News. The site will not hire journalists or generate original content; it instead will serve as a gatekeeper by cherry-picking stories from a few select news organizations.

A commentary on CNN's website examines Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's announcement that he will start Facebook News. Zuckerberg said it will curate "high quality" news and information, and will pay some publishers millions of dollars a year for access to their journalism. Those sources of journalism will include NPR, CNN, BuzzFeed News, the Washington Post, and many others.

CNN reported that President Donald Trump recently proposed the idea of starting a new television network.  CNN said the president made the suggestion after attacking CNN International at a Medicare event in Florida. Trump said the news network is "so bad" and called it a "terrible thing for our country."

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.  

Podcast Popularity

Oct 16, 2019

An article in the public broadcasting trade publication Current said NPR is projecting that podcast sponsorship revenues will surpass revenues from broadcast sponsorships next year for the first time.

What is True?

Oct 8, 2019

The Guardian asked the question: Why can't we agree on what’s true anymore?  This week the Shop Talk panelists examine that question.

Politico recently reported that White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said that she is not likely to conduct a White House press briefing anytime in the near future. Politico reported that Grisham criticized the once-regular sessions as an act of "theater" for reporters seeking "to get famous" during the televised news conferences.

Cokie Roberts died this month from complications of breast cancer. She is considered one of the founding mothers of NPR and she is also well known for her work on the ABC television network.

The starting point for this week's Shop Talk discussion is a plan proposed by Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic Party nomination for president. In an opinion piece for Columbia Journalism Review, Sanders wrote that journalism is under assault from Wall Street, billionaire businessmen, Silicon Valley, and Donald Trump. 

President Donald Trump complained on Twitter that Fox New "isn't working for us anymore."  He also tweeted, "We have to start looking for a new News Outlet."

The Poynter Institute reported that the Knight Foundation has announced it is donating $1.2 million to try to make America's newsrooms more diverse.

Americans' News Habits

Aug 21, 2019

An article on the RTDNA website reviews the latest global digital news study from Reuters. The piece is written by Vince Duffy, who is news director of Michigan Radio. 

Newspaper Chains to Merge

Aug 14, 2019

As reported by numerous outlets, the newspaper chains Gannett and Gatehouse will be merging.  Gannett prints 110 daily papers. GateHouse has 156 papers, including several in this region. The deal will formally close by the end of the year.

The Shop Talk panelists talk about the business of educating the next generation of journalists. The panelists said there is no longer a clear division between different skill sets -- today's reporters are often expected to know how to write for print and broadcasting plus have photojournalism skills.  And it can be a challenge for professors to learn all those skills and how to teach them.

The Columbia Journalism Review shared a story about Jon Kelvey.  He’s a 37-year old reporter who works at the Carroll County Times. It’s a small daily newspaper owned by Tribune Publishing Company. The paper is based in Westminster, Maryland.

The CJR reported that Kelvey has a wife and a young daughter, and is the family’s sole breadwinner. His annual salary is $36,500.