Sally Duros | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Is Journatic's cheap labor saving journalism or just a lot of money?

I was away when this story gained some traction. I have some thoughts. Journatic is clearly an enemy of good journalism. Anyone who falsifies info with a fake byline AND CALLS IT JOURALISM is not a friend to fact. The question I have always asked is this? Why not just run the press releases— clearly marked as press releases, explaining what that means? Note what they say as they go by — you could use an rss for goodness sake, charge for it— and publish them "As a Press Release" Sometime a press release has information that is valuable and tips you off to a bigger event. When I had a blog at the Sun-Times I often ran press release from the city, non-profit organizations and others on my blog when I felt they contained information valuable to the community - asbestos abatement grants, homebuyer education classes etc. I didn't rewrite them - I said "I received this press release and though it might be valuable to you." Use a reporter's energy, mind and skills to balance and dig into real stories, conflicting facts for issues that are important social, economic, environmental, government justice matters. I suspect that the answer to "Why Not?" do this is that it's not clear that the public has ever known the difference between a press release and a reported story and newsrooms want to protect their "credibility." I suspect also that the other piece to the answer of "Why not?" is that these days in legacy newsrooms, too many reporters over the years have made their living rewriting press releases. It's simply the way things have devolved. And that practice of slapping a "real" reporter's byline over public relations copy has got to go.

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Posted by Sally Duros on 07/05/2012 at 1:56 PM

Re: “All I want for Christmas is a City Council with a backbone

Hi ben - You've made a name for yourself pointing out the ways in which TIFs have been abused in Chicago. But I have to say not all TIFs are "bad." To bash all of them is not responsible. As far as I can tell, nobody in Chicago is writing intelligently about the use of TIFs. You can't lump them all together and say they are all bad. They have to be examined one by one. Also, I assume that you have a car and or a grocery store in your neighborhood. I don't have a car and I live very near where that new grocery will be sited by the Metra station. I say hip-hip-hooray. Except for one small Hispanic market a few blocks away from here that has limited and iffy produce, I have nowhere within walking distance to buy fruits and vegetables. Have you every done all your grocery shopping at a CVS? The CVS itself is relatively recent. It's presence has changed the very nature of that corner. I am sure the thousands who board the Metra at Lawrence Ave will appreciate having a place to pick up fruits and vegetables on their way home. If that doesn't serve this neighborhood, I don't know what does.

Posted by Sally Duros on 01/04/2012 at 7:48 PM

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