St. Louis Journalism Review

This review publishes articles and commentary from media professionals on broadcast, advertising and communications events and developments.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 307, July-August

A Languid Sporting Year: It Begins to Look as If St. Louis Fans Will Keep Their Team Because No One Will Want to Buy It
The sports year is over, and a half to match may be too much for sports fans to bear. And sportswriters, too. We have the Beijing Olympics to anticipate in August, which may strain Bob Costas to the breaking point, and the NBA scandal may grow into...
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Anonymous Tipsters Helped Get Wente Fired
Patty Wente and some employees at KWMU are not happy over how anonymous complainers helped get her fired last month as general manager of the public radio station, a job she held for 19 years. She was told to resign on June 2 but was advised by...
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City-Bred Sisters Were Hillbilly Singers: KXOK Was Also a Conduit for the Two Women to Strike Up a Professional Relationship with One of Hollywood's Most Famous Cowboy Stars, Roy Rogers
Mary and Ruth Miccolis are excellent examples of how good old-fashioned tenacity could pay off for radio entertainers during the medium's heyday. They were known for their singing and yodeling work, both on the radio and in appearances. Born...
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Internet Is Key to Political Campaigns: For Those Younger Than 50, Half Are Checking out Political News on the Internet
The Internet is no longer a political sideshow. In the 2008 presidential campaign, it has emerged as one of the main stages. Keep reading the press and watching the cable talking heads, but, if you want to see the complete campaign picture, also...
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'Just a Newspaper Hack on the Side of the Angels': Crusading Reporter Paul Y. Anderson
Writing in the March 1948 issue of Esquire magazine, a journalist surmised that St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Paul Y. Anderson would remain a hero of newspapermen "for as long as there is a city room and a bar down the street." The tribute came...
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Music Stations Drop Local Programming: Cheap Internet Radios Are Coming and, When They Arrive, on One Will Care Much about the Drivel Pumped out by the Commercial Stations
More local programming is disappearing from the music radio stations. Clear Channel's hit music formatted KSLZ (107.7 FM) is the latest station to add syndicated fare. The station is now broadcasting the "Ryan Seacrest Show" out of Los Angeles,...
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Reporters Who Click the Internet Should Also Hit the Bricks
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Todd Frankel, one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's best reporters and smoothest writers, believes that he gets the story he wants when he leaves his desk and computer and heads out for an interview. In an era of $4-a-gallon...
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SLU Bars Longtime Adviser from Newspaper
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Google the name Avis Meyer at Saint Louis University and you'll find him described as "one of the most honored teaching faculty on campus." There's a long list of his teaching awards; an alumni survey called him "one of...
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St. Louisan Covers Politics, Olympics in Beijing for AP: St. Louisan and AP Reporter Stephen Wade in Beijing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Stephen Wade of St. Louis is witnessing first hand the rebuilding and rebirth of Beijing. A 17-year veteran of the Associated Press, Wade arrived in Beijing in December 2006 to cover many aspects of the burgeoning city's 2008...
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The Future of SJR: Many Readers Have Asked Us over the Past 18 Months about the Future of SJR
Alternative publications are a staple of our mail, probably like yours. They arrive not always on time, like ours, and they are hard to put down once you start reading them. We always wonder how they survive, knowing only too well the difficulties...
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The Iraq War Has Been Virtually Purged from the Agenda of the Mainstream Media
The Iraq War has been virtually purged from the agenda of the mainstream media. It has been like turning off a light switch. A Tyndall Report analysis of the most mainstream of the MSM-the half-hour evening newscasts of the broadcast television networks--shows...
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The Media and the Rev. Wright
The word preacher comes from an old French word "predicteur," which means prophet. And what is the role of a prophet except to find meaning in trouble. Every profession in which I have been vested--religion, journalism and education--is in decline,...
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The Media Halls of Fame: It's Great to Be Called an Award-Winning Journalist
Most people like to get some recognition for their work or good deeds, something more than just the paycheck. Maybe an award, writeup in the home town newspaper, tribute from family and friends, a nice obit when the final curtain comes down. Those...
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The Only Job I Ever Wanted: Leaving the Washington Post
May 31 was the last day at the Washington Post for me and dozens of reporters, editors, photographers, artists and other journalists who have volunteered to take early retirement packages. When historians look back at the challenges that American...
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When Egos & Brands Collide
When it comes to the brand management and marketing of higher education, engaging a university's most faithful brand ambassadors--its students and alumni--is of utmost importance. Why then, would the president of Saint Louis University go to such great...
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