Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

Journals Continue Slide

Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

Journals Continue Slide

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Eight years ago the North County Journal had six reporters working out of its Hazelwood office. Today it has two reporters working out of an office in Town and Country. This office also houses the West and South Suburban Journals.

Carolyn Marty, who was publisher of the North County Journal, now is its managing editor and edits the West, South and Jefferson County Journals as well. Monika Kleban, once managing editor for West, is now managing editor for all Illinois editions. Erin Schultz edits the St. Charles edition.

Bob Williams, until late 2007, was director of sales and development for the owner of the Journals, Lee Enterprises in Davenport, Iowa. He is now publisher for all editions of Lee's Suburban Journals on both sides of the river. In 2000, the company had 12 publishing groups in the metro area, including 12 managing editors. Now there are just three.

Lee acquired the Suburban Journals, along with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, when it bought Pulitzer Inc. in 2005. When Williams took over, the combined publications claimed a circulation of more than a million. At the time, the Journals were a chain of free publications thrown on nearly every lawn in the St. Louis area.

Last fall, as circulation and advertising continued to fall, Suburban Journals readers who unwrapped their papers read that starting with the Nov. 5 issue, the paper would be subscription only. Since then, some residents of parts of Clayton and South County have reported seeing issues of the Journals on their lawns without paying. …

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