#DePaul in the NEWS

May 08, 2017
VICE

Citing cities including Copenhagen and Vancouver, activists are making the push for safe consumption sites for drug users in the U.S., reports VICE. "There's no absolutely safe drug use. That doesn't exist. There are just degrees of risk and safety, and I think we can do a much better job with this idea of safer consumption spaces to address those needs in particular," says DePaul sociologist Greg Scott. 

May 05, 2017
WVTF

Corporations are moving away from traditional press releases and embracing online platforms like Medium for certain announcements in hopes of connecting with consumers, public relations expert Matt Ragas tells WVTF. "Corporations are trying to seem less corporate and more personal, more human, for lack of a better word, and more conversational."

May 05, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

"I've always said that kids, people, should be able to turn on the TV and see someone that looks like themselves," says Lester Holt, anchor of "NBC Nightly News." While Holt was at DePaul to receive an award from the Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence, he talked with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Maudlyne Ihejirika about race, journalism and his Windy City roots.

May 04, 2017
WTTW

Many questions surround the effectiveness of Chicago's gun offender registry, finds DePaul's Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence. "A lot of times these registries give you a sense of a good intent, but they don't necessarily have a lot of money or resources behind them," says Carol Marin, director of the center, in a report on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight."

May 04, 2017
WTTW

In the aftermath of the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, health law expert Wendy Netter Epstein says, "The fundamental problems of these bills are really hard to solve." She tells WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" that "if you want to get premiums down, then you have to reduce the essential health benefits that have to be covered. Or, you have to not cover all of the sick people."

May 04, 2017
Think Progress

A recent White House press briefing earmarked solely for conservative media has raised eyebrows. "This type of targeted access to the White House blurs the lines between an independent press and public relations for the Oval Office," writes journalism adjunct professor Joshua Adams in Think Progress.

May 03, 2017
ABC7 Chicago

The race is on for the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial election with billionaire J.B. Pritzker pushing out the first Democratic commercial more than a year away from the election. "(Pritzker) is signaling to political elites that he is in this for real and donating to other candidates isn't going to do anything because he can outspend anybody," political scientist Wayne Steger tells ABC 7.

May 02, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

"Understanding history is vitally important, and not just because history explains our contemporary society," write historians Thomas Foster and Margaret Storey in the Chicago Sun-Times. In response to President Donald Trump's recent comments on Andrew Jackson and the Civil War they write: "A key value of studying history is that it teaches us how to draw conclusions based on evidence. Understanding how to weigh evidence -- thoroughly and scrupulously -- is the only way to make reasoned decisions in any field."

May 01, 2017
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Law students at DePaul are graduating with more real-world experience, thanks to the Third Year in Practice program, reports the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. "They're pretty much perceived as employees," says program director David A. Rodriguez. "After they do their intensive externships, when I talk to them, it's like talking to a colleague."

April 26, 2017
DNAinfo Chicago

It has been a long road back from the housing market crash of 2008, but several Chicago neighborhoods are seeing single-family homes rise to their highest point ever, according to the annual Institute for Housing Studies Cook County House Price Index. "Demand is pretty strong in the city. You'll still see in areas that are lower cost that (there) are going to be short-term price increases," says Geoff Smith, the institute's executive director, in DNAinfo.