A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter listens through a closed courthouse door and tweets what he hears. The judge finds the eavesdropping reporter in contempt and orders him to write letters of apology. He is also to “participate in an educational program with court staff” on the First Amendment and right to a fair trial. The case file disappears from Missouri’s … [Read more...] about When should justice be outside public view?
The story of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is embodied in the ideals of the man who founded it in 1878, said Richard H. Weiss, a former editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Weiss introduced a new documentary on Joseph Pulitzer on June 6 at the St. Louis Jewish Film Festival. Known as the “Pulitzer Platform,” the ideals of the first Joseph Pulitzer, who purchased the bankrupt … [Read more...] about Former Post-Dispatch editor: Joseph Pulitzer set the template for American newspapers
As a young photojournalist just a few years out of college, Jason Howell was finally settling down. He had a full-time staff job at the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier in eastern Illinois and had just signed a year-long lease on an apartment in Charleston. As the only staff photographer at a paper that dates back to 1860, he was capturing the bread-and-butter images of a … [Read more...] about News Analysis: Readers want good visuals, but newsrooms keep laying off photojournalists who can deliver them
Maybe it was naive to think it would never happen or wouldn’t happen so soon. But on May 6, two months after I moved to start a new job as a staff photojournalist, I was laid off from the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier in Mattoon. I had been the only photojournalist at that Lee Enterprises paper. Jason Howell (Photo courtesy of Jason Howell) I didn’t know … [Read more...] about A laid off photojournalist reflects on what might have been
Jackie Serrato, now a journalist at the Chicago Reporter, a non-profit founded in 1972, entered the industry determined and untrained. She had started a Facebook page to share local news from an Hispanic neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side and to give residents a platform to discuss issues facing the Little Village neighborhood. But Serrato was surprised to find that community … [Read more...] about Chicago non-profit media outlets are challenging notions of how a newsroom should operate