Non-profit will offer some Capitol thoughts on news coverage
The Better Government Association (BGA) will host an Idea Forum on Statehouse coverage on May 8, the public advocacy group announced recently.
The BGA said it felt a need to hold such an event after looking at the relatively small number of reporters covering the Statehouse and the compelling need for strong coverage at a time when Illinois is facing unprecedented and compounding challenges. According to the BGA, the Statehouse press corps is at an all-time low.
BGA President and CEO Andy Shaw will lead the discussion on how a lack of coverage is affecting public dialog on the state and its leaders. He also will talk about the convergence of traditional media with non-profit and digital news sources. Joining him in the forum are a panel of reporters, editors, media executives and non-profit news-funding groups.
The event, to be held in Governor's Ballroom A at the Statehouse Inn, will feature a 30-minute reception beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but reservations should be made by contacting the BGA.