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Cable news full of hot air hurricane coverage

By Tony McDaniel This has been one of the worst years for hurricanes in recent history. Ten hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic Ocean, the most since 2005. Texas governor Greg Abbott said his state may need as much as $180 billion in aid to rebuild from Hurricane Harvey. Hurricanes are massive media events, and …

Illinois’ ‘independent’ news network publishes pro-Rauner propaganda

‘Hyperlocal’ news written from afar By Nathaniel Dean Fortmeyer, William Recktenwald and William H. Freivogel This report is the work of an investigative reporting class in the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The project analyzed public records about an interlocking network of conservative news organizations connected to the free market, anti-tax, anti-union …

The view from the Harrisburg Hardees

By Nathaniel Dean Fortmeyer and William Recktenwald The local paper looks a lot different to Harrisburg, Ill. residents Karen and David Stilley than to fellow residents Mike and Angella Gauch. To the Stilleys the SE Illinois News is a welcome replacement for the retrenching local paper, the Harrisburg Register. To the Gauches, the paper is …

Reporting local news from thousands of miles away

By Nathaniel Dean Fortmeyer, William Recktenwald and William H. Freivogel The journalists’ beats are small Illinois towns. But the reporters live, work and write in Idaho, Texas, Oregon and British Columbia, seldom or never setting foot in the communities they cover. Most are freelancers who hear about work with Interactive Content Services by reading Internet …

First Amendment expert calls Post-Dispatch editorial on protests ‘irresponsible’ and imprecise

Publisher’s note:  Gregory Magarian, one of the nation’s leading First Amendment experts and a professor at Washington University Law School, criticized the Sunday Post-Dispatch editorial for irresponsibly lumping together violent and non-violent protests.  He sent this letter to the Post-Dispatch Editorial Editor Tod Robberson after the editorial criticized actions of protesters following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley. Magarian …

St. Louis Media History Foundation Hall of Fame event is Saturday

ST. LOUIS, March 15, 2017 — The St. Louis Media History Foundation, a nonprofit organization that researches and compiles artifacts and memorabilia related to the St. Louis area’s rich media history, will hold its 2017 Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremonies on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the St. Louis City Center Hotel downtown, …

‘Freedom Fighter” Mike Wolff says good reporting inspires social change

Michael A. Wolff, former chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court and dean of Saint Louis University law school, gave these remarks upon receipt of the GJR’s Freedom Fighter award at last month’s First Amendment Celebration. by Michael A. Wolff I am deeply honored by this award. I am impressed by the exaggeration of its …

‘Truth did not die,’ Garrett tells GJR audience

compiled for GJR What is new … right now … is after years of Americans wondering if journalism matters … we have a renewed fascination and curiosity about what journalism is, what it does and what are the ethical and professional obligations upon which it stands. The audience … hasn’t been this curious, this attentive …