WBEZ | journalism http://www.wbez.org/tags/journalism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Afternoon Shift: The history and legacy of the Black Press http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2015-05-05/afternoon-shift-history-and-legacy-black-press-111988 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Jack%20Delano%20%5BPublic%20domain%5D%2C%20via%20Wikimedia%20Commons.png" style="height: 459px; width: 620px;" title="(Photo: Jack Delano [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)" /></div><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204086386&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Celebrating the legacy of the Black Press</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-25d9-cc98-b2ea-ac76c28fec12">In 1827 the first Black newspaper, </span>Freedom&rsquo;s Journal, led by editors Samuel Cornish and John Russwurm laid the foundation for the community to be informed about their own. The usual channels of media, mainly newspapers, often denigrating African Americans and questioned their right to exist. Other times, they were simply ignored.<br /><br />In 1941, a meeting of leading Black publishers from across the nation was held in Chicago to unify for the common mission of Black journalism. Out of that meeting, the National Negro Publishers Association was formed. Fifteen years later, the trade association was renamed the National Newspaper Publishers Association. It is the premiere association of the Black Press. Over the last 188 years, publishers, journalists and cartoonists have contributed to the Black Press.<br /><br />Dorothy Leavell, owner and publisher of the Chicago Crusader and Gary Crusader, and Glenn Reedus, former managing editor of the Chicago Defender and the Chicago Crusader join us to discuss the legacy of the Black Press.<br /><br /><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul dir="ltr"><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-25d9-cc98-b2ea-ac76c28fec12"><a href="https://twitter.com/dorothyleavell">Dorothy Leavell</a></span> is the owner and publisher of the <a href="http://www.chicagocrusader.com/chicago/default.aspx">Chicago Crusader</a> and the Gary Crusader.</em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-25d9-cc98-b2ea-ac76c28fec12"><a href="https://twitter.com/reedusreasons">Glenn Reedus</a></span> is the former managing editor of the Chicago Defender and the <a href="http://www.garycrusader.com/gary/default.aspx">Chicago Crusader</a>.</em></li></ul><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204086398&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Results from the James Bears Awards</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">On May 4, the prestigious James Beard Awards for chefs and restaurants made its Chicago debut at the Civic Opera House. Some of the nation&rsquo;s top chefs marched up the red carpet to attend what many call the &ldquo;Oscars of Food.&rdquo; &nbsp;The weekend was packed full of parties by Chicago&rsquo;s restaurateurs and chefs, including Grant Achatz, Paul Kahan and Rick Bayless who served as the host committee. WBEZ resident food experts, Monica Eng and Louisa Chu, attended many of the events and join us with a recap.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-25db-818c-bc0e-c7c60f2ed0da">Guests: </span></strong></p><ul dir="ltr"><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-25db-818c-bc0e-c7c60f2ed0da"><a href="http://www.twitter.com/monicaeng">Monica Eng</a></span> is a WBEZ reporter.</em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-25db-818c-bc0e-c7c60f2ed0da"><a href="http://www.twitter.com/louisachu">Louisa Chu</a></span> is a WBEZ contributor and co-host of the &ldquo;Chewing the Fat&rdquo; podcast.</em></li></ul><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204088160&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Northwest Indiana business created from an essential need</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">It&rsquo;s Small Business Week, and we&rsquo;re continuing our conversations with small business owners from around the region. A few years ago, Julie Bombacino&rsquo;s son AJ was placed on a feeding tube. He was just six-and-a-half months old at the time. Formula after formula seemed to make AJ sick. Then, Julie stumbled onto an idea that may seem like common sense: real food, blended and prepared for a feeding tube. That was the inspiration for Northwest Indiana-based, Real Food Blends. Julie joins us with more of her story.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-25dc-bfed-3e0c-22470735947f">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/jbombacino">Julie Bombacino</a> is founder and CEO of Real Food Blends.</em></p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204088287&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">The state of foreign investment in Illinois</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-25de-6065-14f7-a2816c1f328e">Billions of dollars flow into Illinois each year through direct investment from foreign companies. On May 4, Gov. Bruce Rauner&rsquo;s office issued a survey of concerns held by foreign investors. However, </span>which countries and companies were surveyed was not released and some of the content is redacted. Joining us for an overview of the state of international investment in Illinois is Dick Longworth, Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-25de-6065-14f7-a2816c1f328e"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Dick Longworth is a senior fellow at the </em></span><em><a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoCouncil">Chicago Council on Global Affairs</a>.</em></p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204071490&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Last full meeting for outgoing city council members</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">This is it for the current class of Chicago aldermen. WBEZ&rsquo;s Lauren Chooljian has the final roll call before the new council is sworn in May 18.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-25df-3483-7f47-369e4bcee8d4">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">Lauren Chooljian</a> is a WBEZ reporter.</em></p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204087845&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Tech Shift: University of Illinois to launch new online MBA program</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The University of Illinois is launching a new online MBA program using massive open online courses, or MOOCs. U of I is no stranger to MOOCs. They already offer dozens of courses through Coursera, the largest provider of MOOC education. Coursera representatives say this program would be the first MBA program of its kind. Joining us with more on this new program is Carl Straumsheim, a technology reporter for Inside Higher Ed.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-25e0-fda9-e50b-7ef3863d6d5d">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/carlstraumsheim">Carl Straumsheim</a> is a technology reporter for Inside Higher Ed.</em></p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204089225&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Mayor Emanuel picks CTA&#39;s new president</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">On May 5, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his pick for the new president of the Chicago Transit Authority. Dorval Carter, Jr. will replace Forrest Claypool who moves on as Emanuel&rsquo;s chief of staff. &nbsp;Pending approval by the CTA Board, Carter will be the first African-American CTA President. WBEZ&rsquo;s Susie An joins us to talk about Carter&rsquo;s qualifications.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-25ff-adbf-dfd5-6407152296eb">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/soosieon">Susie An</a> is a WBEZ reporter.</em></p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204044485&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 24px;">City Council to vote on reparations for torture victims</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">On May 6, the outgoing City Council votes on an unprecedented ordinance that would give monetary reparations and more to victims of torture under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his officers. WBEZ&rsquo;s Katie O&rsquo;Brien reports.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-2602-39fd-5b56-e64899bc10bd">Guest: </span><a href="https://twitter.com/katieobez">Katie O&rsquo;Brien</a> is a WBEZ reporter.</p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204088438&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Unpacking historical significance of reparations for Chicago torture victims</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Outgoing city council members will vote May 6 on the proposed reparations ordinance for torture victims at the hands of disgraced former Chicago Police commander Jon Burge. If passed, the $5.5 &nbsp;million reparations package will be the first of its kind in the nation. Joining us with details is Martha Biondi, chair of the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University and a member of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-94b9b5a5-2603-55c3-972e-56d2e0e3d3b9">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="http://www.afam.northwestern.edu/people/martha-biondi.html">Martha Biondi</a> is chair of the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University.</em></p></p> Tue, 05 May 2015 15:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2015-05-05/afternoon-shift-history-and-legacy-black-press-111988 Protesters rally against Chicago Sun-Times photo layoffs http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/protesters-rally-against-chicago-sun-times-photo-layoffs-107573 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/c19862c4ceb711e28faf22000a1f99f9_7.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Local reporters, photographers and labor leaders gathered with picket signs outside the Chicago Sun-Times building Thursday, a week after the entire photography department at the newspaper was let go.</p><p>Cars driving by the rally beeped their horns as around 150 supporters chanted &ldquo;quality, not cuts&rdquo; and &ldquo;no more layoffs.&rdquo;&nbsp; Many of the faces in the crowd matched the bylines and names from the newspaper: Longtime Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown carried a sign that said, &ldquo;John H. White - &lsquo;nuf said.&rdquo; White, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, marched just a few steps behind him, along with other former Sun-Times photogs.</p><p>Craig Rosenbaum, executive director of the Chicago Newspaper Guild, says they&rsquo;ve filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board that says the layoffs violate federal law. The Guild represents 20 of the photographers who were laid off.</p><p>&ldquo;This is one of the few cities that has two papers, the Tribune and the Sun-Times,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And how are you going to be able to compete with the competition when you don&rsquo;t have two professional photojournalists?&rdquo;</p><p>Rosenbaum says the Guild is planning another rally for next week.</p><p>A statement from the Sun-Times Media group after the layoffs said the decision was &ldquo;difficult,&rdquo; but noted the media business is changing rapidly, and audiences want more video content with their news.</p><p>Meanwhile, many of the former Sun-Times photographers say they&rsquo;re trying to move on to freelancing and other projects.&nbsp; Rob Hart, who started at the Sun-Times over a decade ago, says he was serving dual roles at the protest Thursday morning: marching alongside his former colleagues, and photographing the protest for a freelance assignment.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://www.twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a></em></p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/protesters-rally-against-chicago-sun-times-photogr.js" type="text/javascript" language="javascript"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/protesters-rally-against-chicago-sun-times-photogr" target="_blank">View the story "Protesters rally against Chicago Sun-Times photography layoffs" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/protesters-rally-against-chicago-sun-times-photo-layoffs-107573 Illinois' not-so-magnificent miles http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/illinois-not-so-magnificent-miles-106153 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE.&#39;</strong> That&#39;s the American Society of Civil Engineers president assessing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-illinois-infrastructure-report-card-0319-20130319,0,4904502.story" target="_blank">the D-plus his group&#39;s awarding Illinois for condition of its infrastructure</a>. The <em>Tribune</em> says the society found 73 percent of Illinois roads in poor or mediocre shape -- at an average annual cost to the typical motorist of $292 in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs.<br />* So come for a visit -- but just don&#39;t drive: Chicago&#39;s set to <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-chicago-tourism-bureau-sees-new-taxes-doubling-budget-to-32m-20130318,0,2517516.story" target="_blank">double its tourism and convention bureau budget</a> this year.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;MAYOR STEPHENS WANTS THE CUBS TO KNOW THEY HAVE AN OPTION.&#39;</strong> A spokesman for Rosemont elaborates on an offer to <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18944715-761/the-rosemont-cubs-thats-what-suburbs-mayor-is-pushing-for.html" target="_blank">give the Ricketts family 25 acres of land to build a replica of Wrigley Field in the &#39;burbs</a>&nbsp;if things don&#39;t work out in Chicago.<br />* Plan to spend&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-plans-to-expand-concert-pavilion-at-northerly-island-20130318,0,1261432.story" target="_blank">$3 million to expand the Northerly Island concert pavilion</a>&nbsp;up for vote Thursday.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;APOLOGIZE ON AIR FOR SYMPATHIZING WITH THE STEUBENVILLE RAPISTS.&#39;</strong> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/cnn-steubenville-rape-petition_n_2901462.html?ir=Media" target="_blank">More than 100,000 people</a> have signed <a href="https://www.change.org/petitions/cnn-apologize-on-air-for-sympathizing-with-the-steubenville-rapists" target="_blank">an online petition</a> demanding CNN renounce its &quot;disgusting&quot; portrayal of two athletes convicted of raping a woman.<br />* <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/fox-news-steubenville-rape-victim_n_2901635.html?ir=Media" target="_blank">TV networks aired 16-year-old rape victim&#39;s name</a>.<br />* Blogger who flagged Steubenville case fights <a href="http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/how-blogger-helped-steubenville-rape-case-unfold-online/" target="_blank">criticism she helped create &quot;Internet lynch mob.&quot;</a></span></p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 20px;"><em><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Get this blog by email, free.&nbsp;</span><a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em></span></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>THE STATE OF JOURNALISM.&nbsp;</strong>Know the story of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_an_elephant" target="_blank">the blind men and the elephant</a>? That&#39;s the sort of treatment the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/2012/03/19/state-of-the-news-media-2012/" target="_blank">Pew Research Center&rsquo;s 2012 News Media Consumption</a> survey is getting. Choose your own adventure:<br />* &quot;Report:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/03/18/report_local_news_somehow_even_worse_than_it_was_before/" target="_blank">Local news somehow even worse than it was before</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/03/new-coverage-local-politics-fading-away" target="_blank">News Coverage of Local Politics Is Fading Away</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;State of the media: <a href="http://paidcontent.org/2013/03/18/state-of-the-media-the-cracks-are-still-widening-but-some-light-is-also-getting-in/" target="_blank">The cracks are still widening, but some light is also getting in</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;<a href="http://stateofthemedia.org/2013/digital-as-mobile-grows-rapidly-the-pressures-on-news-intensify/" target="_blank">As Mobile Grows Rapidly, the Pressures on News Intensify</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;<a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/207392/nearly-one-third-of-u-s-adults-have-abandoned-a-news-outlet-due-to-dissatisfaction/" target="_blank">Nearly one-third of U.S. adults have abandoned a news outlet due to dissatisfaction</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/03/this-is-the-scariest-statistic-about-the-newspaper-business-today/274125/" target="_blank">This Is the Scariest Statistic About the Newspaper Business Today</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;<a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/03/18/state_of_the_news_pew_analysis_shows_cnn_drop_in_reported_pieces_and_domination.html">Newspaper Newsroom Staff Numbers Are at Lowest Point Since 1978</a>.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>... AND SO, CRY &#39;HYPOCRISY&#39; IF YOU WILL. BUT NOT IF YOU CLICK HERE.&nbsp;</strong><em>The Atlantic: </em>&quot;17,616 Men Went to the ER for <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/17-616-men-went-to-the-er-for-zipper-related-penis-injuries-between-2002-and-2010/274113/" target="_blank">Zipper-Related Penis Injuries</a> Between 2002 and 2010.&quot; &nbsp;</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></span></p></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/illinois-not-so-magnificent-miles-106153 Hyperlocal: The Brave New News World http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/hyperlocal-brave-new-news-world-106839 <p><p>The new trend of hyperlocal news coverage is redefining the news landscape. Is this a new opportunity to target your brand, client or product for a certain niche audience? Or, is it a waste of your valuable media relations time? What are the opportunities it is/will afford PR pros and their strategy of story pitches? This panel will explore this issue. Panalists include:</p><p><strong>John Lampinen</strong>,Senior Vice President and Editor, Herald Newspaper<br /><strong>Ronald Roenigk</strong>, Editor, Inside Publications<br /><strong>Brian Slupski</strong>, Regional Editor with Patch.com<br /><strong>Shamus Toomey</strong>, DNAinfo.com<br /><strong>Peter Kendal</strong>, Deputy Managing Editor, Chicago Tribune<br /><br />Mod&shy;er&shy;a&shy;tor: <strong>Thom Clark</strong>, President, Community Media Workshop</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CMW-webstory_2.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at&nbsp;Maggiano&#39;s Little Italy.</p></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/hyperlocal-brave-new-news-world-106839 Jose Antonio Vargas: My Undocumented Life http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/jose-antonio-vargas-my-undocumented-life-106446 <p><p>Over his 15 years as a journalist, <strong>Jose Antonio Vargas</strong> interviewed some of the most accomplished people in America, and shared in a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech. For 14 of those years, he hid the fact that he is an undocumented immigrant, &quot;living in a different kind of reality, relying on a sort of 21st-century underground railroad of supporters, people who took an interest in my future and took risks for me.&quot;&nbsp;</p><div>Vargas presented My Undocumented Life, part of the Rudolf G. Schade Lecture Series, at Elmhurst College.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A rising-star journalist, Vargas was writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country, including &quot;The Washington Post,&quot; &quot;Rolling Stone&quot; and &quot;The New Yorker.&quot; In 2007, the daily journal &quot;Politico&quot; named him one of the 50 Politicos To Watch. All the while, Vargas was leading a double life, hiding the fact that he was an undocumented immigrant.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;This deceit never got easier,&quot; he said. &quot;The more I did it, the more I felt like an impostor, the more guilt I carried &mdash; and the more I worried that I would get caught.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the summer of 2011, 18 years after arriving in America, Vargas exposed his story in his groundbreaking essay, My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant, for the &quot;New York Times Magazine.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Today, Vargas runs Define American, a non-profit organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The College&rsquo;s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Approximately 3,400</div><div>full- and part-time students are enrolled in its 23 undergraduate academic departments and 10 graduate degree programs.</div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/EC-webstory_13.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Elmhurst College.</p></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 10:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/jose-antonio-vargas-my-undocumented-life-106446 Paul Harvey gets busted http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2013-02/paul-harvey-gets-busted-105327 <p><p>Paul Harvey had a long, distinguished career as a radio news commentator. Yet one mistake almost derailed that career before it got rolling.</p><p>In February 1951 Harvey was 32 years old. He&rsquo;d recently begun broadcasting a daily program out of the Chicago office of the ABC radio network. Now he received a tip about security problems at the Argonne National Laboratory.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/2-6--Paul%20Harvey%201951.jpg" style="width: 220px; height: 308px; float: right;" title="Paul Harvey 1951 (Chicago Herald-American)" />Argonne was a top-secret nuclear facility west of the city. The Korean War was on. Atomic spies were in the news. Harvey decided to see for himself whether Argonne&rsquo;s security was lax.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Shortly after midnight on February 6, Harvey drove out to the lab in his car. Along with him were two men who worked inside Argonne. Parking the car just outside the grounds, Harvey began scaling the ten-foot-high fence. His companions remained behind.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Harvey was just coming down inside the fence when a guard spotted him. The guard ordered him to halt. Harvey stopped, stumbled, and fell. When he got up he was placed under arrest. Meanwhile, the two men outside the fence took off.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Harvey was taken to Chicago FBI headquarters for questioning. Because his driver&rsquo;s license was in his birth name&mdash;Paul Aurandt&mdash;at first it was thought that this intruder might be an atomic spy himself! When his identity as a newscaster was established, Harvey was released.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/2-6--Paul Harvey 2005.jpg" style="width: 225px; height: 315px; float: left;" title="Paul Harvey 2005 (Executive Office, POTUS)" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The FBI determined that Harvey had not broken any federal laws, and dropped the matter.&nbsp; However, on March 15, the U.S. Attorney&rsquo;s office announced plans to seek an indictment. The charges involved &ldquo;conspiracy to obtain information on national security and transmit it to the public.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">Harvey had told conflicting stories when questioned. Papers found in his car suggested that he&rsquo;d snuck into Argonne to prepare a sensational radio expose. But the worst that could be said was that he&rsquo;d let his enthusiasm get the better of his judgment&mdash;a not uncommon fault of young journalists. The grand jury refused to indict. On April 4 Harvey was cleared of all charges.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Harvey&#39;s critics claimed he had gotten off easy, courtesy of FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. His supporters said that Harvey had been harassed by the U.S. Attorney on orders from the Truman White House. Realizing that he might have wound up in prison&mdash;or shot&mdash;Harvey promised network executives that he&rsquo;d be more careful in his pursuit of stories.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Paul Harvey received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. He died in 2009.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2013-02/paul-harvey-gets-busted-105327 The Hal Higdon interview http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/hal-higton-interview-105258 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Hal-Portrait.jpg" style="float: right; height: 386px; width: 300px;" title="Hal Higdon" /><span id="internal-source-marker_0.6083719501964003">I began running a few years ago and was quickly turned on to the training regimens of today&rsquo;s interviewee, who has maintained careers in both running and writing that are impressive for their quality, output and longevity. &nbsp;He has contributed to </span><em>Runner&#39;s World </em>for longer than any other writer, an article by him having appeared in that publication&#39;s second issue in 1966.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Author of 36 books, including the best-selling <em>Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide</em>, now in its 4th edition, Higdon also has written books on many subjects and for different age groups. His children&#39;s book, <em>The Horse That Played Center Field,</em> was made into an animated feature by ABC-TV. He ran eight times in the Olympic Trials and won four world masters championships. At the American Society of Journalist and Author&#39;s annual meeting in 2003, the Society gave Higdon its Career Achievement Award, the highest honor given to writer members. You can learn much more about him and his programs <a href="http://www.halhigdon.com/">here</a>.<br />&nbsp;</div><p><strong>What have been some of the most beautiful runs you&rsquo;ve ever been on?</strong><br /><a href="http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm">Indiana Dunes State Park</a> remains at the top of my list. There&#39;s a bit of everything: flat and fast to steep with scenery, on clear days the Chicago skyline. In second place, maybe the <a href="http://www.redwoods.co.nz/">Redwood Forest in Rotarua, New Zealand</a>. Bermuda has probably the most scenic marathon among the 111 I have run.<br /><br /><strong>What do you find are some of the silliest trends in running, either in terms of training or gear?</strong><br />I&#39;m not sure silly trends exist in running. At least I&#39;m not arrogant enough to brand so-called trends as &quot;silly.&quot; As long as you are a runner, and love the sport as much as I do, I&#39;m comfortable with whatever silliness you carry in your running baggage.<br /><br /><strong>What do you do (or did you do, knowing you don&rsquo;t run quite as much as you used to) when a run is just a slog? Was there a physical or mental way that typically made the run go by faster, or do you just suck it up (or just abort?)</strong><br />Run being a slog? Does that ever happen? Maybe to mere mortals. If there is a physical reason why any run is a slog, then you need to bail out and hope you are not more than 10 miles from your parked car.<br /><br /><strong>You&rsquo;ve published so many different kinds of writing; what&rsquo;s one style &nbsp;that you never tried that you&rsquo;d like to (or that you wished you were more proficient at)?</strong><br />If you had asked me that question 3 or 4 years ago, I would have answered that I would like to write a novel. But since that time, I fulfilled that desire to write a work of fiction. Titled simply <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Marathon-A-Novel-Hal-Higdon/dp/0963634607/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3">Marathon</a></em>, it describes the 72 hours leading up to a major marathon that strongly resembles Chicago.<br /><br /><strong>What was your reaction to the New York marathon being canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy?</strong><br />I don&#39;t want to second-guess <a href="https://twitter.com/nyrrmaryruns">Mary Wittenberg</a>, director of the New York City Marathon, or the Mayor who in their earliest pronouncements in the middle of the week immediately after the hurricane wanted the marathon to proceed as planned. I thought then it was a bad decision, but they corrected themselves and cancelled the race. That was the right decision, even if it came at a late hour. It did not make sense to me to have runners frolicking through the streets of New York while people were suffering, their homes destroyed, without power. Many runners decided to run anyway in Central Park without worry about time and distance. Others went to near the starting line in Staten Island to help in the cleanup. I applaud them all. I also applaud all those who told the marathon organizers, no, this is not something we want happening in our back yards during this critical time for New York City.<br /><br /><strong>Running seems so incredibly basic yet it continues to be a topic of much conversation and publication. Why does such a simple activity generate so much discussion, reflection and advice?</strong><br />It&#39;s a self-help topic, certainly. Back when I first got into running, nobody cared much about the sport, except at the Olympic level and, in the case of the marathon, once a year at Boston. But now we have marathons that attract tens of thousands of runners. We are an attractive demographic, so our foibles attract a certain amount of interest.<br /><br /><strong>Related, running is an incredibly intimidating activity for many people. Why do you think it&rsquo;s so much more daunting to many people than, say, bike riding?</strong><br />Daunting? I probably put more miles in biking these days than I do running, and whether the word &quot;daunting&quot; should be attached to running, I don&#39;t know. I also hate the word &quot;grueling&quot; being attached to our endurance events. I&#39;m going to suggest that biking is a lot more dangerous an activity than running, particularly in areas where we share the roads with four-wheeled or four-legged creatures. Cars can&#39;t hit you and dogs can&#39;t chase you when you&#39;re running cross-country.<br /><br /><strong>What do you typically think about when you run?</strong><br />Anything and everything. One of the great pleasures of running is to allow your mind to freewheel while you run. Anything can attract my attention from a seagull pitter-pattering on the beach to a sunset to an attractive female runner who says, &quot;Hi&quot; as we pass, even though we may never see each other again.<br /><br /><strong>I had lunch with some friends last year who were in town to run the Chicago Marathon and I said that marathon running/training didn&rsquo;t seem very fun to me. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not,&rdquo; they confirmed. Do you agree?</strong><br />No, but I don&#39;t really care whether anyone--particularly non-runners--considers what we do as being &quot;fun.&quot; Just please get out of our way, but it would be nice if you kept your dog on the leash and didn&#39;t text while driving past us in your overpriced cars. But, hey, hasn&#39;t the focus of this interview been rather negative so far. I would rather focus on running as a positive, rather than a negative. If running were that difficult, you wouldn&#39;t find so many people doing it these days.<br /><br /><strong>Throughout your life you&rsquo;ve accomplished so much as both a writer and a runner. In the last couple of decades, which was more difficult to generate, running goals or writing goals?</strong><br />Running goals were easy. At the start of the year, you simply asked yourself, what do I want to accomplish in the next 12 months? For me, it might have been successful participation in an Olympic Trial. It might have been trying to win a world masters championship. Or it might be simply getting through the year healthy and uninjured. Writing goals? I&#39;m not sure I had any writing goals. Each article assignment, each book contract, provided a goal of some sort. The goal was to finish the assignment, to get paid, then to move onto the next assignment.<br /><br /><strong>You&rsquo;ve mentioned in <a href="http://www.ujenafitclub.com/ninter.php/14">other interviews that you&rsquo;re an incredibly organized writer</a>. What are some of your methods for staying so organized?</strong><br />Did I use the word &quot;incredibly?&quot; That seems to be a bit of an overreach. If Hemingway had ever used &quot;incredibly&quot; in a first draft, that would have been the first word scratched out in draft two. Organization? It&#39;s part of a person&#39;s mindset. It&#39;s not being afraid of doing what you&#39;re good at doing. I&#39;ve always been able to get up in the morning, go for a run (or more often now a bike ride), have breakfast, then sit down at the typewriter (or more often now a computer) and begin the job of the day. I&#39;ve never suffered writer&#39;s block. I don&#39;t know what it is. Starting each assignment, I usually had a clear path down the road to finishing the job. Because I was a good researcher and interviewer, I usually knew the ending before I knew the beginning. One editor once told me that she loved my articles, because they had a beginning, a middle and an end. Made her job much easier. She could concentrate on commas rather than paragraphs. I took whatever time it took to do produce as perfect a product as possible. It might be an hour&#39;s worth of work for a 600-word column. It might be a year or more for a 100,000-word book. I&#39;ve never felt I had a &quot;method&quot; for writing. Nothing that would make the cover of a magazine aimed at embryo writers. I just wrote. Organization enabled me to write swiftly, because I never had to pause to think of what to say next.<br /><br /><strong>You originally got your start as an aspiring comics writer. Do you still enjoy comics? Which do you read?</strong><br />Actually my aspiration was not to be a comics writer; it was more to be a comics artist. But in creating the art, I also created the words that accompanied the art. My goal in high school was to someday create a comic strip the near equal of <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_and_the_Pirates_%28comic_strip%29">Terry and the Pirates</a> </em>by the most accomplished writer/artist of the era when I was in high school, maybe of any era. Milton Caniff, and he was considered the Rembrandt of the Comic Strips. I drew comic strips in high school, but also wrote them. Eventually, I realized I was a much better writer than runner and shifted careers. I rarely read comic books any more. They cost too much vs. the 10 cents I paid when I was a kid. They also drag the stories out too long. Too much fighting and not enough thought. My son has a subscription to <em>The Amazing Spider-Man</em>, so I borrow his copies now and then and read them eight at a time. I more often read the comic strips that come with the papers. Sadly, they are shrunk to such tiny boxes that sometimes it&#39;s hard to read the word balloons. You almost need a magnifying glass for Doonesbury. With the shrunken sizes, all the well drawn adventure strips have disappeared. You don&#39;t see anything as well drawn or well written as <em>Prince Valiant</em>, <em>Tarzan</em> or <em>Flash Gordon</em> any more. Instead, we&#39;re stuck with gag-a-day. Among that genre, I like <a href="http://www.gocomics.com/frazz">Frazz</a>, because he&#39;s a runner and triathlete and <em>For Better or For Worse</em>, because there&#39;s some continuity to the story line. I might add that I collect original comic art and have a lot of it hanging on my office walls. I&#39;m staring at a <em>Daredevil</em> page by John Romita, Jr. right now.<br /><br /><strong>You&rsquo;ve said that when you were younger, running wasn&rsquo;t an acceptable activity for anyone over 17. Why do you think that was so, and what, broadly, do you think was the turning point for running becoming a more widespread hobby?</strong><br />There was no competitive opportunities: no track meets or road races, or at least very few opportunities for out-of-school athletes. When I first ran Boston in 1959, only about 100 others participated. Very few track or cross-country runners continued beyond high school and college, and most of them were fairly accomplished, capable of sub-3 marathon times. But the focus had begun to shift toward a fitness-based sport, prompted by best-selling books by Bill Bowerman (<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Jogging-William-J-Bowerman/dp/0448144433/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_3">Jogging</a></em>) and Dr. Ken Cooper (<em><a href="http://www.cooperaerobics.com/About/Our-Leaders/Kenneth-H-Cooper,-MD,-MPH.aspx">Aerobics</a></em>), but also an article about the Boston Marathon titled &quot;<a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1135211/index.htm">On the Run from Dogs and People</a>&quot; that I wrote for<em> Sports Illustrated</em> in 1963. By the end of the 1960s, a thousand runners entered Boston, and running was en route to becoming a mainstream sport, helped by Frank Shorter&#39;s gold medal in the Olympic Marathon in 1972.<br /><br /><strong>What do you like most about using social media as a tool for coaching?</strong><br />I can do it at home.<br /><br /><strong>How does it feel to be the 339th person interviewed for Zulkey.com?</strong><br />It depends on who you pick for # 340.</p></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 08:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/hal-higton-interview-105258 Chicago reviewed: 'A city of constant despair and rebirth' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/chicago-reviewed-city-constant-despair-and-rebirth-105208 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/tourism.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong><a href="http://www.gadling.com/2013/01/29/budget-guide-2013-chicago/" title="Navy Pier by CafeYak.com, on Flickr"><img alt="Navy Pier" src="http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4115/4933056521_be8c4e5cb7.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 224px; float: right;" /></a>&#39;IT IS A CITY OF CRIME, SEGREGATION AND FLOURISH, A CITY OF CONSTANT DESPAIR AND REBIRTH.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;That&#39;s from the introduction to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gadling.com/2013/01/29/budget-guide-2013-chicago/">a new &quot;budget guide&quot; review of Chicago</a> by the Gadling travel blog.<br />* Public school <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/17889243-761/one-week-after-attending-inaugural-south-side-teen-shot-dead-in-neighborhood-park.html">student who performed last week at the Obama inauguration</a> among <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-2-shot-at-or-near-south-side-high-school-20130129,0,6824507.story">latest dead in Chicago shootings</a>.<br />* <em>The Onion: </em>&quot;<a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/chicagos-annual-homicide-drive-off-to-most-promisi,31066/">Chicago&#39;s Annual Homicide Drive Off To Most Promising Start In Decades</a>.&quot;<br />* And <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-city-council-bed-bug-hearing-0130-20130130,0,7376561.story">what about the bedbugs</a>?</p><p><strong>&#39;HE&rsquo;S GOT A SET OF BALLS, AND HE SAYS WHAT HE BELIEVES.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>That&#39;s New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, describing Vice President Joe Biden in <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/michael-bloomberg-joe-biden-has-set-of-balls-86900.html">an interview with <em>Politico</em></a>.<br />* Bloomberg&#39;s super PAC airs ad <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/blogs/hotlineoncall/2013/01/bloomberg-super-pac-airing-tv-ad-against-halvorson-29">condemning possible Jesse Jackson Jr. replacement Debbie Halvorson</a>: &quot;When it comes to preventing gun violence, she gets an F.&quot;</p><p><iframe align="right" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="288" mozallowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" src="http://www.hulu.com/embed.html?eid=s7zc1n0code9rwobk_3s8w" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="512"></iframe><strong>&#39;THEY PROBABLY READ EVERY FIFTH WORD, YOU KNOW, SO JUST MAKE IT THOSE FIVE WORDS.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>The TV series &quot;Portlandia&quot; takes <strong><a href="http://www.newscastic.com/news/did-portlandia-show-us-the-future-of-journalism-62509/?action_type_map=%7B%22594380677243438%22%3A%22og.likes%22%2C%22594379623910210%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&amp;action_object_map=%7B%22594380677243438%22%3A103842249796871%2C%22594379623910210%22%3A488367477876215%7D&amp;fb_action_types=og.likes&amp;fb_source=other_multiline&amp;fb_action_ids=594380677243438%2C594379623910210&amp;action_ref_map=%5B%5D">a painful look at the state of journalism</a></strong>.<br />* Traditional&nbsp;<a href="http://ijnet.org/blog/why-its-time-rethink-beat-reporting">beat reporting&#39;s time may be past</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<em>Washington Post</em>&nbsp;debuts&nbsp;<a href="http://pandodaily.com/2013/01/29/washington-posts-truth-teller-and-the-future-of-robots-doing-journalism/">realtime fact-checking program</a>.</p><p><strong>DOES FACEBOOK OWE YOU $10?</strong>&nbsp;If one of your photos was used in its &quot;sponsored story&quot; ads, you may be in for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/29/facebook-lawsuit_n_2573290.html">a (tiny) windfall</a>.<br />* Despite&nbsp;<a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/double-standard-palin-hate-page-flourishes-as-facebook-bans-conservatives">complaints</a>, Facebook allows page called &quot;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-hate-it-when-I-wake-up-and-Sarah-Palin-is-still-alive/129929197021040?v=wall">I hate it when I wake up and Sarah Palin is still alive</a>.&quot;<br />* 8 reasons to&nbsp;<a href="http://mashable.com/2013/01/28/reasons-deactivate-facebook/">deactivate your Facebook account</a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;A JUGGERNAUT THAT SEEMS TO HAVE PERMISSION FROM ITS SHAREHOLDERS TO NOT TURN ANY PROFITS IS REALLY FRIGHTENING.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>Amazon&#39;s take is down 45 percent year-over-year, but Matthew Yglesias writes in <em>Slate</em> that the company is nevertheless awesome -- <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/01/29/amazon_q4_profits_fall_45_percent.html">even for people who never buy from Amazon</a>.<br />* &quot;Welcome to <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/business/2013/01/welcome-end-barnes-noble-you-knew-it/61488/">the End of Barnes &amp; Noble as You Knew It</a>&quot; (<em>The Atlantic</em>).</p><p><strong>EVERYBODY DUCK.</strong>&nbsp;In a little more than two weeks,&nbsp;<a href="http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/429263/20130130/asteroid-2012-da14-near-earth-nasa-doomsday.htm#.UQioP0q-Js8">Earth will be buzzed by an asteroid about 50 meters wide</a>&nbsp;-- in <a href="http://www.universetoday.com/99660/in-two-weeks-this-50-meter-asteroid-will-buzz-our-planet/">a record-setting near-earth flyby</a> -- closer than many satellites (<em>Universe Today</em>).</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* Tools used to prepare this post include <a href="http://blog.zite.com/2012/01/11/zite-under-the-hood/">the Zite smartphone app</a>, which helps monitor an otherwise almost incomprehensibly vast Twitter feed that probably includes your tweets -- if you&#39;re following <a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson">@Meyerson</a>. What are you waiting for?</em><br /><em>* Next&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/we-got-yer-friday-news-quiz-right-here-105140">WBEZ Meyerson blog news quiz</a>: Friday morning. Be here.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2013/01/29/asteroid-flyby-february/1875121/">You may not get another chance</a>.<br />* Comments on this blog? Post below or <a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org">send email</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/chicago-reviewed-city-constant-despair-and-rebirth-105208 'South Park,' 'Book of Mormon' creators banking on Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/south-park-book-mormon-creators-banking-chicago-104847 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/stone-parker.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><object align="right" height="200" width="200"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F70270707&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;player_type=artwork" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed align="right" allowscriptaccess="always" height="200" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F70270707&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;player_type=artwork" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="200"></embed></object></p><p><strong>&#39;MATT AND TREY WITH A LOT OF MONEY? BE AFRAID.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;And Chicago&#39;s partly responsible for that joking warning from Comedy Central&#39;s chief, Doug Herzog, to&nbsp;<em>The New York Times&nbsp;</em>about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/business/media/south-park-creators-to-start-company-important-studios.html?_r=0">the creators of &quot;South Park,&quot; Matt Stone and Trey Parker, launching their own studio</a>. Some of its funding will come from the roughly $1.5 million a week generated by the Chicago production of their musical, &quot;The Book of Mormon,&quot; which the new studio may turn into a movie. Mayor Emanuel&#39;s brother Ari played a role in the deal, too.<br />* From December: <a href="http://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/matt-stone-and-trey-parker">Stone and Parker visit WBEZ</a>.</p><p><strong>MARTIN LUTHER KING &#39;WOULD BE PRO-GUN JUST AS SURELY AS JESUS WOULD BE PRO-NAIL.&#39;</strong> <a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/full-episodes/mon-january-14-2013-piers-morgan">Stephen Colbert&#39;s Double Barrel Blam-o-Rama</a> previews Saturday&#39;s Gun Appreciation Day.<br />* New poll finds <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2013/01/14/in-gun-control-debate-several-options-draw-majority-support/">widespread support among Americans</a> for requiring background checks at private and gun-show sales, preventing the mentally disabled from buying guns.<br />* Journ prof Jeff Jarvis on publication of gun-permit applicants&#39; names: &quot;<a href="http://buzzmachine.com/2013/01/14/public-is-public-except-in-journalism/">Should gun permits be private then? ... I say no</a>. There is a public interest in this information being available and accessible. It allows the public, journalists and neighbors included, to keep watch on the process of government issuing permits. ... At a personal level, it enables me as a parent to know whether the homes where my children go play have arms. ...&quot;<br />* Ann Coulter: &quot;If you compare white populations, <a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2013/01/14/ann-coulter-if-you-compare-white-populations-we/192232">we have the same murder rate as Belgium</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/obama-gun-control-specifics-come-within-days-0">Obama gun-reform plan</a>&nbsp;due within days.<br />* Tonight at 7 on the University of Chicago campus, Tom Brokaw moderates a panel on &quot;The Politics of Guns in America,&quot; with Mayor Emanuel and others. Free admission with advance sign-up <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG1ha21nOWMtN1MtQ21JSnhuUGhFTGc6MQ#gid=0">here</a>. Or watch live on the Web <a href="https://www.facebook.com/uchicago?sk=app_191025314254993">here</a>.<br />* Dallas levels <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-dallas-oswaldbre90e03g-20130114,0,7825189.story">building where JFK shooter lived</a>.<br />* Chicago <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130112/wicker-park/bath-house-once-frequented-by-capone-set-reopen-any-day">bathhouse that used to host Al Capone</a> set to reopen -- with microchip-embedded wristbands.</p><p><strong>COMPUTER WARNING.</strong> Despite an emergency repair for the Java software present in most Web browsers, <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h0am1pRXUx5r1Y_i5UqcD9mtZWGQ?docId=4f626e922ec348b9b30e519fb60b744e">the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is recommending users disable Java</a> &quot;unless absolutely necessary.&quot;<br />* <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/turn-off-java-they-warn-heres-how-you-do-it-12265037/">How to disarm Java</a>.</p><p><strong>ARMSTRONG ADMITS ...&nbsp;</strong>Reports indicate that, after denying for a decade that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, <a href="http://bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/01/14/source-armstrong-sorry-livestrong-staff/xGKNzkGmy4fgrJLjhIOXqI/story.html">Lance Armstrong has confessed</a> to Oprah Winfrey.</p><p><strong>JOURNALISM TODAY.</strong><br />* A much-honored dying journalist&#39;s final thoughts on challenges facing the news business: &quot;<a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/everyday-ethics/200321/gene-pattersons-final-thoughts-on-journalism-get-over-the-pain-new-stuff-happens/">Opportunities will be ample when the press re-casts this page of its history. Get over the pain. New stuff happens</a>.&quot;<br />* <a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/200524/cnet-reporter-quits-among-reports-cbs-impinged-on-editorial-decision/">CNET editor quits</a>, fearing parent CBS &quot;no longer ... committed to editorial independence.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic</em>&nbsp;runs &quot;sponsor content&quot; for Scientology, but&nbsp;<a href="http://businessjournalism.org/2013/01/14/the-atlantic-runs-sponsored-content-on-scientologys-milestone-year/">telling it&#39;s an ad isn&#39;t easy</a>, and criticism prompts campaign&#39;s suspension &quot;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/misc/notice/">pending a review of our policies</a>.&quot;<br />* Newspaper hopes <a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/01/14/north-carolina-newspaper-tries-to-get-ad-bucks-from-roe-v-wade-anniversary/">Roe V. Wade anniversary brings in ad dollars</a>.<br />* Newspaper chain cuts <a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/01/14/gatehouse-newspapers-cut-coffee-service-office-supplies/">coffee service, paper plates</a>.<br />* <em>Chicago Tribune</em> series examines <a href="http://graphics.chicagotribune.com/brokendeal/">where Tribune Co. deal went wrong</a>.</p><hr /><p><em>Are you paying attention? Countdown&#39;s on to the next WBEZ Meyerson blog news quiz, this Friday. If you missed last week&#39;s, it&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://cpm.polldaddy.com/s/meyerson-news-quiz-no-1">not too late</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/south-park-book-mormon-creators-banking-chicago-104847 Chicago gets a newspaper http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-11/chicago-gets-newspaper-103909 <p><p>The year was 1833. Chicago had just been incorporated as a town. There were already 300 people living here. On this November 26, we got our first newspaper.</p><p>Our 21st Century media like to portray themselves as unbiased and non-partisan. Sometimes they are. But in 1833, newspapers let you know their agenda right up front. That first local paper was a weekly named the <em>Chicago Democrat</em>.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/11-26--John%20Calhoun%20%28Andreas%29.jpg" style="float: right; width: 217px; height: 325px;" title="John Calhoun (Andreas, 'History of Chicago')" /></div><p>The man behind it was John Calhoun. He&rsquo;d run a succession of unsuccessful papers in New York, most recently in Watertown. After hearing travelers&rsquo; tales about the boomtown on Lake Michigan, the young editor headed west.</p><p>Calhoun set up shop in a building on Clark Street just south of the river. Like anyone who owned a printing press in 1833, he depended on job-lot printing orders to make his living. The newspaper was more of a sideline, a vehicle to publicize his personal views.</p><p>(<em>Hmmm. Sounds like a blog</em>.)</p><p>Andrew Jackson, a Democrat, was president. The opposition party was called the Whigs. Yet the feature story in the first issue of the <em>Chicago Democrat</em> was not a political manifesto. Instead, it was an account of a powwow between two native tribes, the Sioux and the Sac-and-Fox.</p><p>That tells you something about the newspaper business in those times. Calhoun had copied the whole powwow story from a St. Louis paper. Was this plagiarism? There weren&rsquo;t any wire services yet, so editors got their out-of-town news by lifting it from other papers. Hey, even Ben Franklin had &ldquo;borrowed&rdquo; stories!</p><p>The one piece of original work was the editorial. There Calhoun came out boldly in favor of building a canal or railroad to link Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. Oddly enough, that was the type of editorial you&rsquo;d expect to find in a &quot;big government&quot; Whig paper, not in a paper calling itself the <em>Democrat</em>.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/11-26--Chicago Democrat.jpg" style="height: 299px; width: 450px;" title="Chicago's first newspaper (Andreas, 'History of Chicago')" /></div></div></div><p>Calhoun continued to publish, with some interruptions. In 1836 a group of local party leaders bought him out. The <em>Democrat </em>was later purchased by John Wentworth, who operated it for several years before finally closing down in 1861. By then Long John was a Republican.</p><p>John Calhoun himself died in 1859. Today Chicago&rsquo;s first newspaper editor is memorialized in Calhoun Place, an alley between Madison and Washington in the Loop.</p></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-11/chicago-gets-newspaper-103909