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].
Reporters are always consuming journalism articles, books and movies to help inspire their craft.
The journalistic principles are the same as they are at publications like ours, but college and high school newspapers sometimes encounter roadblocks covering their own campus.
Do those descriptions help readers? Or do they reveal our biases?
Journalists work hard to get the truth and capture comments that are compelling and colorful.
They’re everywhere. Sometimes, we drive right by them.
It helps showcase our work and add context and value to our stories. It’s also a good way to get pizza from us.
The sources haven’t changed much, but accessing them nowadays involves just a few clicks. And no, we don’t use Wikipedia.
Very, very carefully, and only after making sure they merit anonymity.
FOIA is the all-purpose journalism weapon of choice.
Increasingly, we work together to produce stronger journalism.
We don’t always, but we sure try. A lot of eyes on a story helps.
A recap of your questions — and answers from our newsroom — about how journalists do their jobs. P.S. Keep sending them.
Journalists stay in touch with the people who give them information and might even meet them for lunch or a drink. But there are boundaries.
Solid sources and some healthy skepticism can help.
We stick with the facts, and several editors read every story.
It's a tricky balance: more reporting versus the need to get the story out. And sometimes deadlines come and go.
Practice. More practice. And a healthy dose of “error terrors.”
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.