Post-Dispatch, Tribune haven’t caught up with EU rules

When stricter data protection and online privacy regulations went into effect in the European Union earlier this year, American news organizations had to adapt their websites or risk hefty fines if they wanted to share their content overseas. Many media organizations, including the Washington Post, New York Times and NPR, made the necessary changes to …

When Trump attacks: a surreal moment for American journalists

At a campaign rally in Montana on Oct. 18, U.S. President Donald Trump openly praised a politician who assaulted a journalist. There is not a single word in that sentence that could be described as fake news. Trump was in Montana. There was a campaign rally. And video and audio reports, including one from Fox …

Year two of Trump’s assault on truth: A Twitter presidency in age of information chaos  

President Trump’s assault on truth has developed into the central organizing principle of his presidency.  For two years he has piled lie upon lie to build an alternative reality, a fable embraced by tens of millions of credulous adherents. The president’s false statements and lies aren’t occasional, unguarded fibs.  They fit together in an all-encompassing …

14th Amendment: Legacy of Dred Scott and reservoir of individual rights

President Trump’s pre-election plan to reinterpret the 14th Amendment to eliminate birthright citizenship would weaken a part of the Constitution that has roots in St. Louis and that serves as the Constitution’s deepest reservoir of individual rights. That background, which didn’t get much attention in the media, is important to understanding the danger of Trump’s …

An intern gets a big lesson in investigative reporting in a small town

About two months after I arrived in Southern Illinois for a reporting internship this fall at the Pinckneyville Press, a several-ton mulch pile caught fire at the Alstat Wood Product yard about eight miles south of town. It burned for the better part of September and October, billowing smoke that could be seen for miles …

Chicago Sun-Times Continues Plan for New Website with Vox Media’s Chorus

The Chicago Sun-Times website is finally getting a more than a Botox injection. The Sun-Times is the first legacy print newspaper to partner with Vox Media’s Chorus, a publishing platform that runs slick websites like SB Nation. Readers should be able to see the revamped website sometime next year. It is long in coming and …

Illinois native, Wash U grad reports from Asia for NPR

Anthony Kuhn is the new Seoul correspondent for NPR, but the Chicago native and Washington University graduate started exploring the world through language as a boy growing up in the Midwest. In elementary and high school, Kuhn studied French, Latin and ancient Greek, ultimately leading him to major in French literature at Washington University in …

News Literacy Project’s Peter Adams on how to fight fake news

ST. LOUIS — While living in a time where fake news has become normal, a necessary skill that citizens must have is media literacy. As the featured speaker for Media Literacy week hosted by Gateway Media Literacy Partners, Peter Adams, senior vice-president of the News Literacy Project said not preparing students to navigate the complex …

Illinois newspaper’s unique fact-checking initiative

A community newspaper in Forest Park, Illinois, launched a unique fact-checking initiative during the recent midterm election season, inviting readers to send campaign mailers to its journalists to check for accuracy. Readers sent in nine mailers from various groups such as the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce & Development. Many of the mailers were referendums …

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