GJR readers weigh in on online comments for news articles

Thanks to everyone who participated in Gateway Journalism Review’s survey about online comments for news articles. The first question in the survey asked, “Should news organizations ask for comments about online stories?” and 81.8 percent of the respondents said yes. For this question, one respondent wrote: “I don’t know that they should necessarily solicit comments, but I like the option to comment if I so desire. I often find that the comments, particularly on controversial subjects, to be as interesting and illuminating – if not more so – than the original article.”

GJR readers choose top stories of 2012

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Gateway Journalism Review survey of the top stories for 2012. We have divided the survey results into two parts. The first part takes a look at the survey results for the most important international, national and regional/Midwest stories for 2012, in addition to the most important international media and U.S. media stories. The second part of the survey results – which will include the categories of what media coverage totally missed the mark, what international and national stories of 2012 deserved more/better coverage, and what was the most frivolous/overcovered story of 2012 – will be revealed next week.

Political ‘revolving door’ swings both ways

Journalists often use the metaphor of the “revolving door” in stories about a government official going to work for companies they once regulated. But in one recent example in St. Louis, it is the journalist who is walking through the door instead. Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman traded in his press credentials in June for a chance to do opposition research for the political clientele of his new firm, Shield Political Research.

Cutting copy desks: Penny wise or pound foolish?

It’s no secret that newspaper copy editors work in obscurity. They toil at night, on weekends and over holidays, without even a byline to note their role in delivering the news to the publication’s readers. But as the industry moves toward consolidating copy desks across the country, these unseen journalists are becoming an endangered species.