Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss the dangers journalists sometimes face - even when covering stories in the US.
A photojournalist and reporter in California were attacked outside a restaurant while covering an impromptu memorial for a murder victim. The photojournalist was pulled to the ground by her hair and kicked in the head.
Also recently, a reporter in Michigan was attacked while reporting on the aftermath of a highway accident. She was attacked while at a towing yard.
Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss whether the Obama administration is ducking the mainstream media by disseminating its message through on-line methods.
Devin Dwyer of ABC News writes that the White House Press Office produces a website, a blog, a YouTube channel, and a Flickr photo stream. It also uses Facebook and Twitter, plus it produces a mix of daily video programming that includes news-like shows that highlight the president's accomplishments.
Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss media coverage of the blizzard that hit the tri states during the first week of February.
Mike Murray said his family relied on Tri States Public Radio for on-air coverage and WGEM for on-line coverage. He found both to be quite good.
Bill Knight, who lives in the Peoria area, said the few remaining local radio stations with news staff did the best job. He was disappointed by local newspapers, which were not delivered until days after the storm hit.
Macomb, IL – The panelists are joined by Alex Degman, who is in his final week on the job as Morning Edition host at Tri States Public Radio.
Degman will begin a job later this month with the Illinois Radio Network, which provides stories to commercial radio stations across the state. Degman will be based in Springfield, where he will report on state government.