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12:47 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Shop Talk - April 19

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss how they think social media should be used by journalists.

Bill Knight said social media can be used as a tool to receive tips about stories. It can also be used to promote stories. He said reporters should simply remember to maintain a sense of professionalism.

Mike Murray also said reporters need to be professional, but added he is not a big fan of social media. He is concerned some reporters might editorialize, thus compromising the way they're viewed.

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12:52 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Shop Talk - April 12

Macomb, IL – The New York Times and other newspapers are preparing to set up pay walls for on-line content. The panelists debate whether that is a good idea.

Mike Murray believes it does not make sense to start charging people for something that has been free for a number of years. He considers it a poor business model.

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2:49 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Shop Talk - April 5

Macomb, IL – NPR's Cheryl Corley joins the panelists to talk about her job as a Midwest reporter for the network's national desk. She covers a 12 state region.

Corley said she tries to read papers from all 12 states to come up with story ideas. Her editor also suggests story ideas.

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2:11 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Shop Talk - March 29

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss a lawsuit filed by an NBA referee, who is suing The Associated Press and one of its sports writers over a Twitter message.

Writer Jon Krawczynski tweeted that referee William Spooner made a bad call against the Houston Rockets in order to make for an earlier bad call against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Spooner claimed his professional reputation has been hurt.

A representative from the NBA said the league investigated the tweet, found it to be without substance, and considered the matter closed.

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1:46 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Shop Talk - March 22

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss whether media outlets should be forced to reveal identifying information about those who post comments to on-line forums.

The discussion stems from a defamation lawsuit in Indiana, where a judge ruled such information should be released.

The panelists agree that those who offer comments in a public forum should be held accountable for what they say. As a result, it might be wise for media outlets to assign someone to review comments before they're posted.

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