Journalism Task Force Created: “Many communities across our country have become news deserts”

 


 





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Governor JB Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 134, which creates the Local Journalism Task Force.

The Task Force will conduct a comprehensive study of the status of journalism and make recommendations for improvement to the Governor and General Assembly.

Many communities across our country have become news deserts – through this legislation, Illinois is taking a step toward addressing that challenge,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Robust local journalism is vitally important and I look forward to reviewing the recommendations from the Task Force as we seek to maintain and grow a strong press corps in Illinois.”

“I’ve dedicated years of my life to journalism, so I understand the importance of having access to local news,” said State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford).

“People deserve to know what’s going on in their community, regardless of where they live.”

“Many of the residents of the state are deprived of comprehensive local news coverage,” said State Rep. Dave Vella (D-Rockford). “Local news coverage provides a shared sense of community and a vital check on local government. SB134 creates a task force that seeks to find out what can be done to save it.

Senate Bill 134 creates the Local Journalism Task Force, which will:
• conduct a comprehensive study relative to communities underserved by local journalism in Illinois,
• review all aspects of local journalism including, but not limited to, the adequacy of press coverage of communities, print and digital business models for media outlets, the impact of social media on local news, strategies to improve local news access, and public policy solutions to improve the sustainability of local press business models and private and nonprofit solutions, and
• submit findings and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly by January 1, 2023.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will be required to provide administrative and other support to the Task Force. The Task Force is also required to meet a minimum of five times.

The membership of the Task Force will consist of the following 15 members:
• one member of each chamber appointed by the caucus leader,
• one member appointed by the Governor,
• one representative of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University,
• one representative of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield,
• one representative of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
• one representative of the School of Journalism at SIU-C,
• one representative of the Illinois Press Association,
• one representative of the Illinois Broadcasters Association,
• one representative of the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association,
• one representative of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association,
• one representative of the Illinois Public Broadcasting Council, and
• one representative of the Illinois Municipal League.

SB 134 is effective January 1, 2022

Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Local Journalism Task Force Act. Establishes the Local Journalism Task Force, consisting of one member of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one member of the House of Representatives appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, one member of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate, one member of the Senate appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate, one member appointed by the Governor, and one representative of each of the following entities: the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University; the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield; the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale; the Illinois Press Association; the Illinois Broadcasters Association; the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association; the Illinois Public Broadcasting Council; and the Illinois Municipal League. Directs the Task Force to study communities underserved by local journalism and review all aspects of journalism. Requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to provide administrative support. Provides that the Task Force shall report its findings and recommendations of legislation to the Governor and General Assembly.

Public Act 102-0569

SB0134 Enrolled LRB102 15340 JLS 20697 b

AN ACT concerning journalism.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Local
Journalism Task Force Act.

Section 5. Establishment. The Local Journalism Task Force
is established to:
(1) conduct a comprehensive, nonbinding study relative
to communities underserved by local journalism in
Illinois; and
(2) review all aspects of local journalism including,
but not limited to, the adequacy of press coverage of
communities, the ratio of residents to media outlets, the
history of local news in Illinois, print and digital
business models for media outlets, the impact of social
media on local news, strategies to improve local news
access, and public policy solutions to improve the
sustainability of local press business models and private
and nonprofit solutions.

Section 10. Membership. The Task Force shall consist of
the following 13 members: one member of the House of
Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of
Representatives; one member of the House of Representatives
appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
Representatives; one member of the Senate appointed by the
President of the Senate; one member of the Senate appointed by
the Minority Leader of the Senate; one member appointed by the
Governor; one representative of the Medill School of
Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at
Northwestern University; one representative of the Public
Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at
Springfield; one representative of the School of Journalism at
Southern Illinois University Carbondale; one representative of
the Illinois Press Association; one representative of the
Illinois Broadcasters Association; one representative of the
Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association; one
representative of the Illinois Public Broadcasting Council;
one representative of the Illinois News Broadcasters
Association; one representative of the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign; and one representative of the Illinois
Municipal League. Appointments shall be made no later than 30
days following the effective date of this Act.

Section 15. Meetings. The Task Force shall meet a minimum
of 5 times to review, study, and analyze existing literature
as well as quantitative and qualitative data on the status of
journalism in the State of Illinois.

Section 20. Support. The Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity shall provide administrative and other
support to the Task Force.

Section 25. Findings and recommendations. The Task Force
shall submit its findings, along with its recommendations for
legislation, to the Governor and the General Assembly no later
than one year after the effective date of this Act.

Section 30. Repeal. This Act is repealed 2 years after the
effective date of this Act.

Effective Date: 1/1/2022

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=134&GAID=16&DocTypeID=SB&SessionID=110&GA=102

https://chicagodefender.com/local-journalism-task-force-created-by-gov-pritzker/

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/bac/SitePages/AppointmentsDetail.aspx?BCID=1266

SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) that pushes to ensure local journalism survives in Illinois’ small towns and mid-sized cities was signed into law by the governor on Monday.

“I’ve dedicated years of my life to journalism, so I understand the importance of having access to local news,” Stadelman said. “People deserve to know what’s going on in their community, regardless of where they live.”

The measure would create the Local Journalism Task Force, which would be made up of 13 individuals representing print and broadcast media, journalism schools, and state and local government. They would be charged with conducting a study on communities underserved by local journalism and making recommendations on how to preserve and restore news coverage in these areas.

Declines in advertising revenue and circulation have meant that nearly half of the newsroom jobs at newspapers that existed in 2004 have since disappeared—and more than 2,000 papers around the country have closed over the past 15 years.

The task force would be required to submit the findings from its study to the governor’s office and the General Assembly no later than Jan. 1, 2023.

“Whether you live in Rockford, Rochelle, or Chicago, you need to know what’s going on in your community,” Stadelman said. “I hope to provide many journalists with new ideas to address the dwindling presence of the press throughout Illinois.”

Senate Bill 134 has been signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker and takes effect Jan. 1, 2022.

http://senatorstadelman.com/news/15-press-releases/416-stadelman-s-effort-to-promote-local-journalism-signed-into-law





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