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
BEIJING — Dozens of Chinese college students. Children. They sought me out with their faxes in May and June, 1989, to tell me what was happening in the world’s largest public square. They knew of the Christian Science Monitor’s unbiased international reporting. They somehow knew the identity of the Monitor’s senior international … [Read more...] about June 4, 1989
Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was known for his swagger and no-nonsense management style--and also for trying to control his own narrative. In the final weeks before he left City Hall and Lori Lightfoot became mayor after an historical election, Emanuel went on a media tour to sum up his two terms in his words, refusing to tell the New York Times what advice he’d give his … [Read more...] about Former Chicago mayor blurs line for journalism as a ‘pol on hiatus’
The indictment of Julian Assange for leaking national security secrets poses a serious challenge to the First Amendment’s protection of the right of the press to publish stories on the most important of news events. Assange is the first self-styled journalist to be charged with violating the century-old Espionage Act, an overbroad law passed in the midst of World War I … [Read more...] about Assange indictment bigger threat than the secrets he leaked