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WATCH-LISTEN: As Goes Journalism, So Goes the Community


The number of news reporters has been declining for years – in print and broadcast, and markets of all sizes. One need only look at the Illinois State House Press Corps, whose numbers have dwindled from several dozen full-time, year-round reporters to a handful of credentialed journalists today, or the decreased size of local media news staff, to see the trend in our area.

What’s the impact on you - and the community? Research shows that fewer journalists mean less accountability of public officials. 

Add to that the current environment in which reporters do their work, which is more challenging than ever for a variety of reasons.  

NPR Illinois and AWC Illinois facilitate a conversation on these vital issues with a panel of local journalists, including:

  • Jason Piscia, State Journal-Register Digital Managing Editor
  • Fletcher Farrar, Illinois Times Editor/CEO
  • Mary Hansen, NPR Illinois Multi-Media Journalist
  • Stacy Skrysak. Newschannel 20 Anchor/Reporter

Moderator Sean Crawford, NPR Illinois Editorial Director leads the discussion 
Listen to the full forum here.

  Watch full forum here.

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