Monday, March 16, 2015

Missouri celebrating importance of community journalism, free speech in Sunshine Week

Highlighting the importance of Sunshine Week, the annual salute to open government, Missouri is celebrating local and community journalism, with a series of talks that focus on free speech and the continuing coverage of events in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

"Community journalism, which usually means weekly newspapers, is a lone, bright star in the media world today," writes Don Corrigan for the Webster-Kirkwood Times in western Missouri. "A tough economy and the new digital media have hurt TV news and daily papers. They've lost advertising, staffers and audience. Community journalism has held its own through all this – and is now on the rebound."

Events this week include: The St. Louis Media Hall of Fame induction scheduled for tonight; a talk about free speech on Wednesday at Webster University; and a discussion on media coverage of events at Ferguson on Thursday at Edward Jones & Co. headquarters in Des Peres. (Read more)

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