Death of print doesn’t have to mean death of local journalism; Reflection on donuts and sports agate after Sunday Mass

I grew up in a two-newspaper home in Belleville, Illinois, and have few fonder memories than Sunday mornings after Mass with a dozen glazed from Mallo’s Bakery and multiple pages of beautiful sports agate, jam packed with box scores and standings. Those and countless other mornings at the kitchen table with ink-stained fingers inspired what …

Syndicated Wisconsin editorial cartoonist gets hate mail from all over the country. His response? ‘Whatever’

Phil Hands is either “a moron” or “brilliant,” depending on what he draws. The nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison regularly pokes fun of President Donald Trump. The progressive readership in equally progressive Madison eats it up. But Hands often hears from Trump supporters elsewhere in the country who don’t …

Lee scraps Post-Dispatch’s copy desk

A reflection And then there were none. The executives at Lee Enterprises, which bought the Post-Dispatch in 2005, have been sloughing off accomplished journalists, writers and copy editors, helter-skelter, like a pine tree shedding cones in a hurricane. And they’re still at it. Lee announced, on Feb. 16, that the few, the proud, the survivors …

Journalism largely failed in R. Kelly case, but Sun-Times reporters persisted

Jim DeRogatis, a Chicago pop music critic with a hard news background, almost threw away a fax he received the day before Thanksgiving in 2000. It was that fax–and not an anonymous videotape–that started DeRogatis on the trail of singer-songwriter R. Kelly, who was charged and arrested on Friday for sex crimes. The inaccurate videotape …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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