Editor's Weekly

Commentary
11:08 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Protests Move Beyond Ferguson

Powell Symphony Hall
Credit Alise O'Brien | St. Louis Symphony

Some Ferguson protesters caused a stir this week with demonstrations that confronted people outside Ferguson — first at Powell Hall, where the St. Louis Symphony was performing the Brahms Requiem, and later at Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals were winning the division championship.

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Commentary
11:50 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Editor's Weekly: What The Media Won't Tell You About Khorassan

Detail from woodcut of 1878 parade
Credit Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints Collections

The bomb strikes in Syria this week put the spotlight on the Khorasan group, a little-known offshoot of al-Qaida. But once again, as skeptics on the left and right so often suspect, the media don’t seem to be telling the whole story.

The media didn't tell you, for example, that in St. Louis, we spell Khorassan with a double S – or that we're already quite familiar with the sometimes-controversial history of a local group with Khorassan connections.

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Commentary
9:57 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Editor's Weekly: What Do Ferguson Protesters Want?

St. Louis County Council protest.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

Six weeks after Michael Brown’s death, certain key demands and questions are reverberating from the Big Bang of protest that erupted in Ferguson. Priorities seem to be emerging even though the protesters themselves – and the official and unofficial groups discussing what should happen -- have conflicting ideas and no central organization.

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Public Meetings
11:16 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Editor's Weekly: In Ferguson, Anger Needs To Be Heard

Ferguson City Council meeting
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | file Photo | St. Louis Public Radio

Anger boiled up again when the Ferguson City Council met this week. It was the first meeting since Michael Brown’s death sparked upheaval here and since upheaval here created the possibility of a national reckoning with issues that reach far beyond Ferguson.

Our region will continue to play a pivotal role in determining whether the nation seizes this moment to tackle its Gordian knot of problems related to race, fairness, opportunity and mutual respect.

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Commentary
6:45 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Six Half-Truths About #Ferguson = Three True Things

Capt. Ron Johnson
Credit Wiley Price | St. Louis American

Having trouble understanding what’s going on in Ferguson? That may be because #Ferguson is a new kind of protest. In #Ferguson, leadership is self-designated. Divisions — by race, age and motivation — are complicated. And Twitter gives everyone an instant international audience.

In the last couple weeks, I’ve heard #Ferguson explained in simple terms. They’re not entirely wrong. But they’re not completely right. Here are six common half-truths and what they reveal about what’s really going on:

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Commentary
9:49 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Editor's Weekly: A Week St. Louisans Can't Forget

Credit Ferguson Farmers Market

What will we learn from a week that will weigh heavy on the hearts of St. Louisans for years to come? These tumultuous days have changed the way we see each other and the way the world sees us.

The fury that unfolded after a police officer killed Michael Brown in Ferguson laid bare some of our area's underlying fault lines. It raised questions we usually leave buried. And it presented to the world an image of our region that those of us who live here didn’t always recognize and might rather not see.

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Commentary
11:11 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Editor's Weekly: A Hand For Missouri Voters

At the polls
Credit Rachel Heidenry | File photo | St. Louis Beacon

Whether or not you like the results of Tuesday’s election, you might find some bright spots in what it revealed about voters.

At least in St. Louis County, voters showed up in higher than expected numbers. Across the state, voters proved resistant to the influence of money. And voters even found some common ground across the rural-urban divide that often immobilizes the state.

Of course, turnout for the primary was far from stellar – about 25 percent overall. But in St. Louis County nearly 30 percent showed up – substantially more than the 20 percent predicted.

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Commentary
11:33 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Truth And Politics

Credit (courtesy of Uber)

"I caution people all the time that when you're dealing with public policy not to be completely driven by logic."—Taxi commission chairman Louis Hamilton

That burst of candor, reported by St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann, 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.

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Commentary
10:08 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Three Facts You Might Not Know About Public Radio

Michel Martin
Credit Doby Photography / NPR

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.

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.

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Commentary
9:10 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Editor's Weekly: St. Louis Websites Show The Strengths Of Citizen Journalism

Credit Flickr/mrsdkrebs

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.

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