Webster University to Publish St. Louis Journalism Review

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Webster University will become the new owner of the St. Louis Journalism Review, the country's last local media watchdog.

Charles Klotzer, who founded the review 25 years ago with his wife, Rose, will remain active with the publication.

The review's mission - to examine journalism in St. Louis - will remain unchanged, Klotzer said.

"It will remain as independent as it is now," he said.

Webster University has been interested in the review for a long time, Klotzer said. He said he did not ask the university for any money.

His main concern was that the paper remain independent of any organization's influence.

"Webster will own it, but Webster will not take control over it," he promised. "The substance will not change."

The review will be controlled by an independent board of local newspaper writers and editors. And though a new editor and publisher will be appointed, Klotzer will retain influence on the board.

Klotzer kept the publication alive throughout its 25-year existence, despite financial losses and trends that showed waning interest in journalism review publications, spawned during the skeptical '60s. …