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How Does Journalism Work? Ask Us Questions. We Can Explain.

At ProPublica Illinois, we strive to be transparent about how our journalism gets done. But we can’t predict what you will find useful about it. So, tell us and we'll try to explain. Send any questions to [email protected].

The Books and Movies That Made Us Better Journalists

Student Reporters Can Serve Their Communities When Administrators Aren’t in the Way

Why Do Journalists Describe What Story Subjects Look Like?

Say What? How Reporters Gather and Use Quotations

Where Do We Find Our Story Ideas?

Twitter Used to Feel Like a Chore. Now It’s a Powerful Friend (And Fun).

Has the Internet Changed Fact-Checking? Well, It Depends.

How Do We Verify Anonymous Sources?

How to Find Out About Hot Dogs, Puppy Names and Parking Tickets

When Do Reporters Collaborate, and When Do They Compete?

How Do We Prevent Typos and Other Errors From Appearing in Our Stories?

Those Questions You’ve Been Asking About Journalism? We Ask Them, Too.

Defining the Delicate and Often Difficult Relationship Between Reporters and Sources

How Do You Identify Fake News?

How Do We Keep Bias Out of Stories?

When Is a Story Ready to Publish?

How Do Young Journalists Get Their Training?

How Does Journalism Work? Ask Us Questions. We Can Explain.