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As newspapers die, small non-profit news sites rise in the Midwest

Dana James, a former Des Moines Register reporter, started Black Iowa News at the start of the pandemic. Here, she is using her phone to record an interview for a future story.

URBANA – With newspapers on the decline in Illinois, you may be wondering where to get quality news about communities across the Midwest. During the week of October 25-29, 2021, Illinois Public Media is asking “Who’s In Charge of The News?” 

In June, students at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism published articles and videos called How Creative Thinkers Are Reinventing Local News In The Midwest.

Two people connected to that project: Medill graduate journalism professor Craig Duff and former student Melody Hoffman Guernsey talked with Illinois Newsroom’s Reginald Hardwick about two of these news outlets. Guernesey graduated after producing the video earlier this year. She is now a tv reporter in Wisconsin. 

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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