Margaret Wolf Freivogel http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Editor's Weekly: Truth And Politics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-truth-and-politics <p><em>"I caution people all the time that when you're dealing with public policy not to be completely driven by logic."</em><strong>—Taxi commission chairman Louis Hamilton</strong></p><p>That burst of candor, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/taxi-commission-clears-path-uber-black-st-louis" target="_self">reported by St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann</a>, helped to illuminate what was really going on this week as the commission grappled with questions that will determine whether Uber and Lyft operate here.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:33:03 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 38318 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Truth And Politics Editor's Weekly: Three Facts You Might Not Know About Public Radio http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-three-facts-you-might-not-know-about-public-radio <p>With changes underway in programming on St. Louis Public Radio and in NPR’s national news operation, you may be wondering who decides what and why. Even if you’re an NPR junkie, you may not know how it all works.</p><p>I certainly didn’t before making the transition from avid listener to St. Louis Public Radio staff member seven months ago. Here are three important organizational facts I’ve learned. They may seem arcane, but over time they shape the content you hear.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:08:38 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 38130 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Three Facts You Might Not Know About Public Radio Editor's Weekly: St. Louis Websites Show The Strengths Of Citizen Journalism http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-st-louis-websites-show-strengths-citizen-journalism <p>We celebrate America’s birth on July 4. But 238 years after the Declaration of Independence, our democracy, like any living thing, still needs care and feeding. Part of that responsibility falls to journalists, and this Editor's Weekly often focuses on our role. But there’s more to the news ecosystem than professional journalists.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 02:10:43 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 37729 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: St. Louis Websites Show The Strengths Of Citizen Journalism Editor's Weekly: Funding With Integrity http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-funding-integrity <p>The grant-funded project that St. Louis Public Radio recently announced is ambitious.</p><p>It’s big — more than $170,000 from the Missouri Foundation for Health for our news organization and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. And it addresses a big question — how to reach people whose voices and views are often left out of public policy discussions that directly affect them.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:43:04 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 37502 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Funding With Integrity Editor's Weekly: What I Learned From 'Fatha' Thimes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-what-i-learned-fatha-thimes <p><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lou-fatha-thimes-sr-he-made-living-government-life-radio" target="_self">Gloria Ross’s obituary for radio icon Lou “Fatha” Thimes </a>took me way, way back. Back to the hiss of static on an AM radio in a green Studebaker. Back to a time when the 1950s TV icons were Ozzie and Harriett &nbsp;rather than Don Draper. Back to a grade school classroom where the African-American kids had only recently won the legal right to be present.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:03:47 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 37275 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: What I Learned From 'Fatha' Thimes Editor's Weekly: Searching For Coherence In An Atomized World http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-searching-coherence-atomized-world <p>Some of St. Louis Public Radio’s best work this week wasn’t breaking news. It was making sense of news that broke days or even months earlier.</p><p>It’s been a year since the court ruling that opened the door to student transfers from Normandy and Riverview Gardens to Francis Howell, Mehlville, Kirkwood and other districts. <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/one-year-later-no-end-sight-school-transfer-turmoil" target="_self">Reporter Dale Singer circled back</a> this week to ask key participants to reflect on their hopes, fears and actual experiences.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 02:07:51 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 36935 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Searching For Coherence In An Atomized World Editor's Weekly: Why A News Organization Is Like A University http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-why-news-organization-university <p>Forty two years ago this week, St. Louis Public Radio began broadcasting from its home at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Coincidentally, those of us from the St. Louis Beacon, which merged with the station six months ago, are about to complete probation and become full-fledged UMSL employees.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:41:51 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 36732 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Why A News Organization Is Like A University Editor's Weekly: Maya Angelou's St. Louis Roots http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-maya-angelous-st-louis-roots <p>St. Louisans may have felt some civic pride this week in noting that Maya Angelou was born here. But you have to wonder whether her brilliance and strength developed because of her St. Louis experiences or in spite of them. Perhaps both.</p><p>Obituaries recounted that the renowned author split her childhood between St. Louis and Arkansas after age 3, when her parents divorced. The rape she wrote about in "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" happened here. Segregation was an ugly fact of life in both places. Yet so were family resilience and ambition.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 03:28:41 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 36574 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Maya Angelou's St. Louis Roots Editor's Weekly: Keeping An Eye On Student Transfers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-keeping-eye-student-transfers <p>The Missouri legislative session’s finale played out this week with members in their usual swivet of last-minute activity and suspense. Watching the action in the closing days is like watching the cap dance at a Cardinals’ game — blink and you lose track of what’s going on.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 02:46:59 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 36176 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Keeping An Eye On Student Transfers Editor's Weekly: Robert Joiner's Untold Story http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-robert-joiners-untold-story <p><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/people/robert-joiner" target="_blank">Robert Joiner, St. Louis Public Radio’s health reporter,</a> is not the kind of person who calls attention to himself. At staff meetings, he speaks sparingly. He chooses words carefully.</p><p>It’s worth paying attention to what he thinks.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 03:10:03 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 35764 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Robert Joiner's Untold Story