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9:36 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Shop Talk - March 15

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss a contract proposal from the owners of WEEK-TV and WHOI-TV in Peoria, who want permission to outsource local news coverage.

Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star reported that members of the news staffs at the TV stations are speaking out against the proposal. They believe local news should be covered by local reporters.

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12:02 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Shop Talk - March 8

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.

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12:26 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Shop Talk - March 1

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss whether right wing talk radio is dying.

Ratings are down for many such shows. The panelists wonder whether listeners are simply burning out on the format. They point out the shows can become predictable after a while.

Some listeners might be seeking out programs that provide more balance and less biased rhetoric.

The panelists also wonder whether some of the talk show hosts are burning out and running out of things to say.

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12:07 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Shop Talk - February 22

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.

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11:01 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Shop Talk - February 15

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.

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