If you got a tip that state police were fixing tickets for big shots and political figures, how would you check it out? In 1980, I worked on just such a story with Roy Malone, my friend and former colleague at the AP and then the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I didn’t do much work on the story; Malone provided the heavy lifting. At night, under the cover of darkness, after … [Read more...] about Remembering Roy Malone
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A court case may be needed to determine whether Missouri’s Open Records Law applies to public officials’ social media accounts. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley wrote a letter in February concluding that the office of Gov. Eric Greitens is not required to turn over records from his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Columbia Missourian newspaper … [Read more...] about Are Social Media Accounts Public Records?
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Eighteen months after GateHouse Media bought the family-owned Columbia Daily Tribune, the staff has been slashed, readers are frustrated and circulation has plunged. No doubt daily newspapers have retrenched within the last 10 years in the face of market challenges. But the Tribune has been bled dry to achieve financial results. As of mid-February, layoffs … [Read more...] about The Tribune’s “Tragedy”
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Public information is so hard to come by from the office of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, that journalists must file written requests under the state’s Open Records law for even the most routine of government facts. Even then, the information is often not forthcoming because of the lack of enforcement of the state’s Sunshine Law. That journalistic … [Read more...] about Mission to measure threats to press freedom
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 about something other than … [Read more...] about McCaskill’s town hall pitch for media literacy