journalism

Sean Crawford and Jeremy Hobson share a laugh at the event September 10 on the Legacy Theatre stage.
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Here & Now anchor Jeremy Hobson joins NPR Illinois in Springfield to discuss his background in journalism and the upcoming state and national elections Monday, September 10t, 2018.  Hobson also participates in a question and answer session with the audience. 

Brian Mackey and Haley Vega in a deep converstation about newspapers.
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, I’m Haley Vega for the 2018 NPR Illinois Podcamp.

Brian Mackey is a reporter of state government and politics for NPR.   Mackey didn’t always know he wanted to write or work for a news station.

University of Illinois Press

In a world where "fake news" is a term known by just about anyone paying attention to current events, journalism's importance and history is increasingly being questioned. For his book released this year by the University of Illinois Press, Fred Carroll takes a look at the history of the commercial black press and how it intersected with alternative ideologies.

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Peter Nickeas covers breaking news for the Chicago Tribune. He spent three years on the overnight shift and during that time went to the scenes of hundreds of shootings in the city.

Nickeas reflected on this time and the effect it’s had on his life in an essay for the September issue of Chicago Magazine, titled   “Three Years of Nights.”

Illinois Issues editor Jamey Dunn talked with Nickeas about the essay and his time as an overnight reporter covering crime in Chicago. 

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David Gilkey, an NPR photojournalist who chronicled pain and beauty in war and conflict, was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday along with NPR's Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna.

On Sunday, we lost one of our own.

It has been a big year for Illinois Issues. Last spring, the magazine merged with Springfield NPR affiliate WUIS. The combination brought with it several opportunities.

Governing magazine looks at advocacy and journalism with a focus on Illinois (includes a picture of Amanda Vinicky at work in the WUIS/Illinois Issues statehouse bureau).

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As traditional news sources cut back on statehouse reporters, other outlets seek to fill the gaps in coverage.

The Pew Research Journalism Project took a look at statehouse press corps across the country. State populations are generally predictive of the size of their statehouse press corps. At the time of the survey, Illinois had 22 full-time statehouse reporters. Texas had the most at 53. South Dakota had the fewest with two.

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Join WUIS in honoring Kelly McEvers for her world class reporting on international affairs October 31, 2013 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.  

Learn more about Kelly and read her recent stories.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS or call 217-523-2787.

Kelly previously reported for WUIS and, when vesting family recently, agreed to do this event as a fundraiser to help support her home town public radio station.  There are two ticket levels:

WUIS Honors NPR Correspondent Kelly McEvers October 31 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Tickets are available at 217-523-2787. This is an example of the innovative reporting she pursues.

Charles N. Wheeler III
WUIS/Illinois Issues

A few weeks ago, the University of Illinois Springfield celebrated its 42nd commencement, a joyous occasion for the more than 750 graduates who participated in the ceremony at Springfield’s downtown convention center.

Dana Heupel
WUIS/Illinois Issues

In recent years, the distinct lines that once marked the boundaries for impartial journalism have become blurred by television news commentators, radio hosts and Internet bloggers who practice advocacy under the guise of objectivity.

Dana Heupel
WUIS/Illinois Issues

The framers of the U.S. Constitution understood that for their experiment in self-government to succeed, citizens of the new nation must be armed with information, so they can make decisions about where it is headed. That’s why the First Amendment protects freedom of the press.

Peggy Boyer Long
WUIS/Illinois Issues

Who would have guessed it. Reporters for a monthly print magazine won a national award in online beat reporting. 

A handful of Illinois political scientists have landed in the Rolodexes of journalists, which gives them, at most, a soapbox for what they call public service. That is, they don't get raises or professional accolades for returning a reporter's phone call at 5:30 p.m. on a Friday.