At every well-child visit SLUCare pediatrician Matt Broom conducts, he asks two questions. First he asks about the amount of time the child spends in front of screens each day. Then he asks whether or not the child has a television and Internet connectivity in his or her bedroom.
On Tuesday night, the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis honored Rick Hummel, Post-Dispatch baseball columnist, with its Media Person of the Year award, and it bestowed Lifetime Achievement Awards on Bob Uecker, baseball announcer, and Bob Duffy, campaign director of St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon.
Was there a theme for the evening? Sports, sports, arts? Commentators? People whose work often touches those things that bring enjoyment to others?
When word came that four former Post-Dispatch people were being inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame, we asked our own Robert W. Duffy to reflect on those he had worked with.
I finally plowed my way into the newsroom of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1972 not as a registered, pedigreed member “Of the Post-Dispatch Staff” but as what’s called a stringer in the business, otherwise known as a free-lancer or correspondent.
The systematic plagiarism and fabrication of then-New York Times reporter Jayson Blair a decade ago represents one of the most flagrant and grievous breaks in journalistic trust in modern times. It was a black mark against one of the World's flagship newspapers when his deception was revealed, prompting a detailed retraction from the Times and internal restructuring within the organization.
Should a journalist strive most to be fair and objective? Or should his or her primary goal be transparency? Can a content-producer be both an advocate and a journalist? What is the role of the press in the future of democracy and what should its journalistic ethics be?
These are questions news outlets and individual journalists alike must answer as they navigate the future of journalism in the United States, and the topic of discussion during the Second Annual Public Ethics Conference at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday, November 14.
With the advent of smart phones and tablets, media messages are now ever-present. And with social media, Internet television, satellite radio, blogs and self-publishing in addition to traditional print and broadcasting, the number of media messages out there is also ever-increasing.
That makes it all the more important that people have the ability to critically deconstruct the messages the media convey.
Each year, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism releases a report about the state of the news media.
The Center’s report for 2013 shows the newspaper industry is down significantly, specifically employment, which is down “30 percent since 2000 and below 40,000 full-time professional employees for the first time since 1978.”
In these times of change and uncertainty in the media industry, many doomsday scenarios predicted the end of small-town news coverage. As small dailies and weeklies all over the country shut their doors, many wondered what , if anything, would fill the void.