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It’s still early, but the Sun Times Network does not look very good

So far, the network has done little to distinguish itself—and observers doubt that it will

CHICAGO, IL — When Wrapports LLC, the publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, announced in October that it was launching a... More

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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

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

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