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December 2009

The Bylaws - A New Forum Discussion

We've added a new section to the INBA Forum for discussing proposed changes our Bylaws.  You can get there by clicking the "Forum" link at the top of the page.  A reminder to members-- you must be logged into the site in order to post comments.

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Decatur Newsman dies in carbon monoxide accident

I know he's not TV or radio, but I happened to be checking the Decatur paper today and learned a longtime news reporter for the Herald and Review died on Sunday.

I wanted to pass it along.

New White House pool rotation sparks debate

Interesting article in light of our discussion about opening up membership to bloggers and on-line journalists.

CBS 2 Chicago drops morning newscast

(News Release)

CBS 2 Chicago Announces Plans for New Morning Show

A Comedy Central Scoop

From the Fox News website - Dec. 02 - by Diane Macedo

ABC didn't cover it. CBS didn't either. And NBC apparently wouldn't go near it.

The network news broadcasts have ignored a growing scandal over evidence of a potential climate cover-up — and now they've even been scooped by the fake news at Comedy Central.

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" produced its "reporting" on Climate-Gate Tuesday night, when Stewart quipped, “Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very Internet you invented. Oh, oh, the irony!”

INBA Strongly Protests State's Attorney's Action


The Illinois News Broadcasters Association wrote Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez Monday that it “strongly protests” efforts by Alvarez to force Northwestern University’s Innocence Project to give up notes, off-the-record interviews, grades and even e-mails related to the project.

“The students are working as investigative journalists,” said INBA President Melissa Hahn, who said they clearly should be covered under the Illinois Reporter’s Privilege Act, which offers a broad definition of reporters, news mediums and sources.

“Journalism is too important to our society to be invaded and inspected by law enforcement and prosecutors,” she wrote in the letter to Alvarez. “So the act should apply to these students.”

FTC Discusses Future of Journalism

 WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government is wading into deliberations over the future of journalism as Americans abandon printed newspapers, television stations and other traditional media outlets for the Internet.
   With the media business in a state of economic distress as audiences and advertisers migrate online, the Federal Trade Commission began a two-day workshop Tuesday to examine the profound challenges facing media companies and explore ways the government can help them survive.
   Media executives taking part are looking for a new business model for an industry that is watching traditional advertising revenue dry up, without online revenue growing quickly enough to replace it. Government officials want to protect a critical pillar of democracy - a free press.