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Documentary movies draw attention to the atomic city

Dawn Chapman and Karen Nickel of Just MomsSTL said some of the most effective media getting the message out about the fight against radioactive contamination at West Lake — and the sad impact of St. Louis’s atomic legacy — have been film documentaries. “We are thankful to any filmmaker who looks at our history of …

Activists draw national attention and EPA response to the atomic city

America won the race for the atomic bomb against the Axis powers in World War II. America also won the race for nuclear superiority against the Soviet Union in the Cold War that followed. America won these apocalyptic battles, but the Midwest metropolis of St. Louis paid the price. St. Louis paid the price because …

TV meteorologists warm to climate change

By Don Corrigan At a time when journalists are accused of reporting “fake news,” including stories about climate change and its effects on weather, some intrepid television meteorologists are stepping up to the cameras to make this connection. They are getting assistance from Climate Matters with a project that provides localized climate information to weather …

Print journalism: don’t erect the tombstones just yet

by Don Corrigan The “print is dead” mantra has been around for some two decades. That message was brought home to me as a professor at Webster University in St. Louis when my journalism department met to hire a new professor in social media. Also on the agenda were revisions to the curriculum for journalism …

Post-Dispatch report on West Lake sparks social media criticism

After decades of controversy about the dangers of the West Lake and Bridgeton Landfill and nearby Coldwater Creek, the Post-Dispatch set out to ask the nation’s experts to assess the dangers of radioactivity at the site. Reporter Jacob Barker says he was surprised by what he was told. The nation’s nuclear experts said that the …

Media cover – and uncover – environmental problems in St. Louis

Twenty years ago, the Society of Environmental Journalists chose St. Louis for its 1996 Convention. St. Louis had study trips galore for its 700 writers: dioxin at Times Beach, atomic waste at Weldon Spring, river ecosystem degradation at the Confluence. Two decades later, St. Louis can add some new field trips for environmental writers, from …

Better Business Bureau uses Ex-Journalists to Investigate Problem Firms

Newsroom cuts at TV stations and newspapers across the country have put a damper on investigative projects. However, in St. Louis, the Better Business Bureau is picking up the slack. Michelle Corey, president and CEO for the BBB of Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois, can point to a stable of experienced reporters the agency has …

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