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Coming October 25: Who’s in charge of the news?


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As we approach 2022, mass media includes newspapers, radio, television, cable, websites, blogs, iPhone apps, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Roku… and the list goes on. While there are more ways to receive news, actual sources of trustworthy, independent, local journalism in Illinois are declining. With that in mind, Illinois Public Media is asking Who’s In Charge of The News? Tune in to The 21st for the following discussions:

Monday, October 25:

  • The cost of a declining newspaper. Guests: Mike Kienzler, former Metro Editor, The State Journal-Register, and Rich Saal, former Photo Editor, The State Journal-Register
  • Where to find Black and Latino news. Guests: Hermene Hartman, founder and publisher of N'DIGO; Michelle Kanaar, co-founder and art director of Borderless Magazine; Lord Mic Williams, President of the Peoria Black Chamber of Commerce; and Linda Siete, General Manager for Reflejos

Tuesday, October 26:

  • Ownership of TV news and newspapers in Illinois. Guests: David Folkenflik, NPR Media Correspondent and Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
  • Where to find non-profit investigative journalism. Guests: Brant Houston, Professor and Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois; Steve Mills, Deputy Midwest Editor, Pro-Publica; and Jerry Nowicki, Bureau Chief for Capitol News Illinois

Wednesday, October 27:

Thursday, October 28:

  • How do you know the news you're watching, reading, or listening to is fact-based? Guests: Peter Adams, News Literacy Project; Stephanie Craft, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; and Michael Spikes, Northwestern University