McCaskill’s town hall pitch for media literacy

by Terry Ganey TIPTON, Mo.—Sen. Claire McCaskill held 10 town hall meetings across Missouri last week, fielding hundreds of questions about issues like health care, sanctions against Russia, and the sharing of voters’ information. But it was at a forum in Tipton, a small town in the middle of the state, where McCaskill was asked…

Three veteran journalists depart PD

by Terry Ganey There was a poignant departure ceremony earlier this week on the fifth floor of the building at 900 N. Tucker Blvd, the headquarters of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Newsroom colleagues shared stories about three veteran reporters – Tim O’Neil, Jim Gallagher and Tim Bryant – who were among six journalists taking advantage…

Greitens plays hide-and-seek with press

by Terry Ganey JEFFERSON CITY, MO. — There’s a game of hide and seek underway in Missouri’s state capital. The new governor, Republican Eric Greitens, is doing the hiding. The state capital press corps is doing the seeking. So far, Greitens is winning. A former Navy SEAL with no experience in government and no penchant…

Still a TV news junkie

By TERRY GANEY / On Aug. 9, 2014, as the streets of Ferguson, Mo. erupted in protests following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, one of the first television reporters on the scene was Betsey Bruce of KTVI, Channel 2.

Hard times for the Missouri Times

JEFFERSON CITY — Scott Faughn and two of his publications, the Missouri Times and SEMO Times, owe more $17,000 on overdue bills for state taxes and commercial printing, according to creditor lawsuits filed recently in Cole County Circuit Court. Petitions, lawsuits and tax liens show $7,842 is owed to the state of Missouri for taxes,…

Press move delayed

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate has delayed the implementation of a plan to move the press from the floor of the chamber to an upper gallery. The Associated Press reported cost concerns led to the delay. Rushing to complete construction of a press section in the upper gallery during the upcoming legislative Spring break…

Journalism school wanted Click gone

  COLUMBIA, Mo. — While the University of Missouri faculty appeared divided over the fate of Melissa Click, the majority of those within the renowned School of Journalism wanted her fired. “I got emails from her side and a lot against her,” said UM Curator David Steelman in an interview. “The J-school people I heard…

Press exiled to bleachers

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. – In 1974, the Missouri Egg Producers Association put a hard-boiled egg on the desk of each member of the state Senate as a gift. The morning the eggs appeared, before the session began, two senators played catch with one in the rear of the chamber. An egg smashed against a marble…