Hedge fund with a reputation for ‘gutting newsrooms’ takes aim at owning Pantagraph newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises

BLOOMINGTON – A New York hedge fund with a reputation for shrinking newsrooms not long after buying them out is taking aim at the media company that owns the Bloomington-based Pantagraph. Alden Global Capital made an offer to Lee Enterprises on Monday morning. Lee Enterprises is the owner of three newspapers in Central Illinois, including the Herald-Review in Decatur; […]

Yes, investigative and statehouse journalism still exists in Illinois

As we ask Who’s in charge of news?, today, we’re exploring non-profit news organizations focused on hard-hitting investigations and statehouse reporting. We’re joined by representatives from Pro-Publica, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, and Capitol News Illinois. GUESTS: Brant Houston Journalism Professor, Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Steve Mills Deputy Midwest Editor, ProPublica Jerry Nowicki Bureau Chief, Capitol News Illinois Tony […]

Finding Black And Latino focused news in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – These days, you can find news anywhere, but not all sources are trustworthy. So we at ‘The 21st’ are asking: “Who’s in charge of the news?” Find out where to get news on communities of color, weigh whether new laws can save local journalism, and learn about who owns local TV stations and […]

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

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 […]