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The back story of the NY Times attorney and U of I grad whose letter went viral

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David E. McCraw, a 1976 U. of I. journalism graduate from Monticello, Illinois, got some unexpected online attention last week in his role as a vice president and assistant general counsel for The New York Times. The focus of that attention: McCraw’s response to an open letter from Donald Trump’s attorney, demanding the paper retract and apologize for a story about two women claiming unwanted past sexual advances from Trump. McCraw’s brief letter to the attorney, published on the Times site on Oct.

19 Oct
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A Conversation with Masha Gessen

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Come and listen to a lively conversation between Masha Gessen, the Russian and American journalist, author and activist, and Christopher Benson, professor of Journalism and African American Studies at Illinois. The two will talk about the changing environment of journalism today; the ways that global social media shapes narratives of geopolitics; the payoffs and perils of being a critic as well as a reporter of the news; and the challenges of keeping up with the 24-7 news cycle.

18 Oct
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Rosenstein interviewed by Herald and Review

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MACS professor Jay Rosenstein was interviewed for an article in the Decatur Herald and Review and the Quad City Times about “Madigan: Power, Privilege, Politics,” a new documentary about Illinois Speaker of the House Mi

17 Oct
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MobileMe&You2 Conference Showcases Best Mobile Practices

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Mobile and social media best practices from journalists and other industries are the focus of the MobileMe&You2 Conference, held simultaneously in Chicago and San Francisco on Friday, Oct. 28. The conference continues Saturday, Oct. 29, in Chicago only.

13 Oct
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Dash inducted into founders hall of fame

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Leon Dash, professor of journalism in the College of Media, was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Founders Hall of Fame on August 5 during the 2016 NABJ national convention.

Dash, along with 43 other journalists, founded NABJ in 1975, in part to address the lack of black journalists working in newspapers and broadcast media. Many of the founders were the first or second black journalists hired by their media outlets.

The significance of the founding of NABJ must be considered in the context of the time.

11 Oct
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