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COVID-19 is now so entrenched in daily life that some may not have noticed how it's bled onto the screen. From subtle mask wearing to celebrations of essential workers, the coronavirus pandemic has made its way into commercials and entertainment alike—sending different messages along the way.

WGLT Program Director Mike McCurdy will retire at the end of the month after nearly 40 years in broadcasting, 30 of them at WGLT.

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The U.S. has a long history of identity-focused media outlets. Telemundo is one of the most established, serving Hispanic audiences. Among the newest is the Black News Channel, which launches Jan. 6 in an estimate of  33 million homes.

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An Illinois free speech advocate spoke in Normal on Wednesday and compared President Donald Trump's characterization of journalists as "scum" and "dirt" to tactics used by tyrannical dictators of the past. 

Pantagraph Owner Sees Growth In Digital

Aug 8, 2019
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The parent company of The Pantagraph reported Thursday increased digital subscriptions and advertisers in its third quarter.

Code red sign at Springfield business
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Viewers and businesses are defending a popular meteorologist who has been absent from local television newscasts since he criticized a corporate weather-alert brand.

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President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media are having a “major effect” on how the public perceives journalism and journalists, even at the local level, a panel of experts said Wednesday night.