WIUM Tristates Public Radio

checkbook journalism

It's the season of gift giving, so the Shop Talk crew discusses whether it's appropriate for reporters to accept gifts from the people they cover.

Long-time Chicago media critic Robert Feder reported: “Phil Ponce isn’t just the host of WTTW-Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight” anymore. From now on, he’s The Alexandra and John Nichols Chief Correspondent and Host for the public television station’s nightly news program.

“Marking a first in Channel 11’s 60-year history, Window to the World Communications has named an on-air host’s position in honor of a couple of major financial backers.”

Reporters who’ve asked to see public documents related to the police shooting in Ferguson, MO, are being asked to pay ridiculous amounts of money for the records.

The Shop Talk panelists criticize NBC News for paying to gain exclusive rights to stories.