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Editors Note 5/11/17

 At the Better Government Association’s Monday evening forum on “The Future of News: Covering the Capitol,” more than one of the journalists and editors on the panel agreed the news business will never get back to the staffing levels of 15 years ago when some 40 reporters covered the Statehouse. Some thought that’s not all bad – too many reporters led to reporting too much minutiae that nobody cared about. The vanishing press corps is a passing phase, said one of the minimizers: “It’s all going to work itself out.” Noting the rise of nonprofit journalism, a panelist said foundations are interested in funding reporting on education, poverty and democracy. The Chicago-based BGA itself has rapidly grown in recent years to its current $3.5 million annual budget, allowing it to hire five new reporters in the last seven months. According to its president, Andy Shaw, BGA is “on the glide path up.” –Fletcher Farrar, editor and publisher

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