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Chicago Reader staff votes to unionize, seeking ‘stronger voice’ in outlet’s future

Alt-weekly is the third Windy City newsroom to join a union in the last 13 months

CHICAGO — Employees of the Chicago Reader, the city’s premier alt-weekly, voted unanimously Friday to join the Chicago Newspaper Guild,... More

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‘Illegal,’ ‘undocumented,’ or something else? No clear consensus yet

Newsrooms covering immigration move away from the “I-word,” but AP style change hasn’t settled debate

As style manual changes go, it was big news. “Illegal immigrant,” a phrase long used for people living in the... More

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Reporter won’t be forced to reveal source

Patch’s Joseph Hosey wins appeal as court preserves principles of Illinois shield law

CHICAGO, IL — An Illinois appellate court sided Monday with Patch.com editor Joseph Hosey in his fight to conceal the... More

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A proposal to weaken Illinois’ open-records law fails—for now

Transparency coalition helps defeat changes, though lawmakers also increase some FOIA fees

CHICAGO, IL — It was the kind of legislative move that’s meant to fly under the radar. Just days before... More

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Statehouse staffing is down, but it’s not all doom and gloom in Springfield

Veteran reporters say the press corps can still sniff out big stories in the Illinois capitol building

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Fresh off of his successful run for the Illinois governor’s office, Bruce Rauner took a victory lap... More

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Top journalist quits the Sun-Times: Paper ‘no longer has the backs of reporters like me’

Dave McKinney says “a breach in the wall exists” as he steps down amid Rauner controversy

CHICAGO — Dave McKinney, Springfield bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, rocked the political and media world here yesterday—not by... More

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Covering a closed-off candidate

How Illinois journalists are tackling Bruce Rauner’s gubernatorial campaign

CHICAGO, IL — If the Chicago Tribune’s editorial endorsement is any indication, Bruce Rauner is getting his message across. Rauner... More

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How comics journalism brings stories to life

Chicago’s Illustrated Press is at the forefront of a burgeoning movement

Darryl Holliday and E.N. Rodriguez of the Illustrated Press, at work. (Illustration by E.N. Rodriguez. Used with permission.) CHICAGO, IL... More

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How civic hackers are helping local journalism

In Chicago, the practice goes back long before “open data” became a buzzword

CHICAGO, IL — Last year, when Chicago Public Schools released a list of 129 schools slated for possible closure, the... More

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Reporter faces jail time for scoop in gruesome murder case

A sensational homicide trial in Illinois tests the boundary of the state’s shield law

Patch.com editor Joseph Hosey has been hit with steep fines and potential jail time for refusing to reveal his source... More

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The problem with ‘scoreboard’ reporting on the gun violence beat

Chicago’s reporters work to bring context and accountability to the city’s crime stories

CHICAGO, IL -- Peter Nickeas mans the Chicago Tribune’s graveyard shift. Witnessing Chicago’s “violence and mayhem”—as his Twitter bio puts... More

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How an activist journalist’s commitment to a poor Chicago community led to a big FOIA win (UPDATED)

After a years-long fight, city agrees that records of police misconduct complaints will be public

Jamie Kalven in the study of his home. (Photo by Patricia Evans) UPDATE, 7/31: This week, the City of Chicago released... More

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A TV news veteran brings a Chicago watchdog group back to life

Under Andy Shaw, the BGA has been reinventing itself—and turning heads

CHICAGO, IL — Late last year, a local watchdog group called the Better Government Association pieced together an investigative story... More

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A Chicago anti-violence program gets belated scrutiny

Why did it take nearly four years for Illinois reporters to start covering the story with gusto?

CHICAGO, IL — In February, Illinois Auditor General William Holland dropped what amounted to a political bombshell: a scathing audit... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.