(Springfield, IL) – December 3, 2009. A fresh set of eyes and ears will be covering Illinois state government.
Illinois Statehouse News, or ISN, is a group of journalists dedicated to covering issues of importance to Illinoisans has placed its stake in Springfield.
“Cash-strapped news organizations are cutting back in many areas including state government coverage, leaving voters less informed. Illinois Statehouse News, or ISN, is committed to helping fill this void with objective, non-partisan news reports,” according to an ISN e-mail announcement.
Veteran journalist Scott Reeder is heading up the operation.
All journalists working for ISN are required to adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. ISN is a project of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a non-profit, non-partisan organization.
In addition to enhancing state-government coverage, the Franklin Center is working to improve journalism by partnering with college journalism programs to produce joint investigations and creating the Benjamin Franklin Fellows program to train a new generation of statehouse reporters.
ISN will share its reports in audio, video and text formats through the internet, new media and traditional mediums such as newspapers and radio.