PBS’s Alcindor to speak at Gateway Journalism Review First Amendment Celebration

Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS, will headline the Gateway Journalism Review’s annual First Amendment Celebration. The fundraising event starts at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Edward Jones HQ in Des Peres, Missouri. This is the 8th annual First Amendment Celebration benefiting the Gateway Journalism Review, successor to the St. Louis Journalism Review. …

New 4-H paper first of its kind for student journalists

With fewer high school journalism programs in Southern Illinois and even fewer schools printing a student newspaper, 4-H in Perry County is stepping in with the launch of the monthly Clover Leaf. The new student newspaper is a unique collaboration between a community publisher and 4-H that gives elementary, middle and high school students a …

Student newspaper reports from inside the national Larry Nassar story

News broke in September 2016 about allegations of sexual misconduct against Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics team doctor and a MSU osteopathic physician. Marie Weidmayer was in the small courtroom listening to women of all ages come forward and directly confront their attacker about the abuse they endured. She was only a sophomore and had …

Mo. newspapers demand legislators follow people’s ‘will’ on initiatives

Newspapers in Missouri and beyond the state’s borders are demanding that politicians obey the “will of the people.” They are upset over Missouri politicians trying to undo measures passed by voters in fall 2018 by wide margins. A piece published in the Jefferson City News Tribune declared: “Each time the Missouri Legislature repeals something directly …

Google Takeout inventor commands ‘Data Liberation Front’ from Chicago

Last month when then-House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) opened a congressional hearing with the chief executive of Google, he cited a “widening gap of distrust between technology companies and the American people.” News coverage of the hearing with CEO Sundar Pichai primarily focused on gaffes  by members of Congress who showed fundamental misunderstandings of …

Kentucky lawmaker tries, fails to restrict public record access after press fights back

Kentucky journalists and open government advocates successfully fought off one state lawmaker’s attempt to restrict access to public records. Kentucky Sen. Danny Carroll (R) withdrew legislation this month that would have restricted access to public records such as promotions, appraisal and discipline records of public employees. It was a win for journalists and citizens in …

St. Louis black journalists name Living Legends

At its 2018 Living Legends event late last year, the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists (GSLABJ) honored two long-time members and important role models and leaders in St. Louis journalism: Art Holliday, anchor and reporter for KSDK 5 On Your Side, and Wiley Price, photographer for the St. Louis American newspaper. The GSLABJ …

Heidi Diedrich: ‘Nothing can replace going there’

Heidi Diedrich is thousands of miles from home but not from her first calling, photography. The former Daily Egyptian staff photographer made a career in corporate communications after graduating from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in 1991. About eight years ago, she took that expertise to Iraq for a consulting job at the American University …

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