Winners of GJR awards

Winners of GJR awards. The Gateway Journalism Review presented five awards at last week’s 7th Annual First Amendment Celebration.  From left, Bill McClellan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist who received the Lifetime Achievement award; Dawn Chapman and Karen Nickel, co-founders of the Just MomsSTL environmental group, winners of the Whistleblowers award; Thomas Harvey, co-founder of ArchCity Defenders,…

Remembering Roy Malone

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…

Are Social Media Accounts Public Records?

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 Tribune’s “Tragedy”

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…

Mission to measure threats to press freedom

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…