Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

A Global Media Review Alternative

Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

A Global Media Review Alternative

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The airwaves have become the favorite haunt of younger, and not so young, generations. Many have stopped subscribing to newspapers and journals. They confine their news menu to on-line searches, with some condescending to listen to radio or television news. SJR, too, has a Web site (www.stljr.org) and is heard on KDHX (88.1 FM) at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. Editor Ed Bishop hosts the program. Planning is also in process for a television show.

These additions, we all hope, will boost awareness and involvement of local residents. They are not, of course, a replacement for the print version. Indeed, as far as this writer is concerned, skimming over a newspaper--and we do not refer only to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch but also to The New York Times--is actually much faster than scrolling through screens of copy where one usually sees only part of an article.

It takes time to check the first and last paragraph of a feature to determine whether to spend time reading all of it, after which your neck will hurt unless you have proper glasses. Moreover, a print version offers permanency and recognition, which on-line matter only matches in its retrieval function.

All of this was brought to mind by an alternative on-line service, "Mediachannel.org." The site states that it is "a not-for-profit public interest project of two internationally oriented entities, The Global Center and OneWorld Online. The Global Center, a tax-exempt, New York-based educational foundation has been recognized for the high quality of its innovative, award-winning productions on human rights and social issues. …

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