Archive for November 2009

Missouri Ethics Commission upgrades web site, posts politcal money

November 23, 2009

The Missouri Ethics Commission has upgraded its website to improve the transparency and search capabilities for information available to the public about campaign finance reporting, said Julie Allen, executive director.
The new search allows the public to view campaign finance contributions reported on the 48 Hour Contributions Over $5,000 report. Section 130.044, RSMo., requires all individuals and committees, required to file campaign finance disclosure reports, to electronically report to the Commission within 48 hours any contribution exceeding $5,000 made by any single contributor.
Enhanced Contribution and Expenditure search features allow users to see contributions and expenditures for all electronically filed campaign finance committee reports and to identify those committees not electronically reporting with the Commission.
State law requires all statewide candidates, legislative candidates and continuing committees making contributions in excess of $15,000 per year to file their campaign finance reports electronically with the Commission.
All other committees have the option of filing their campaign finance reports electronically. The Commission’s online campaign finance searches can be accessed at www. under Campaign Finance or Common Searches.


Editors and journalism educators to start new conversation about journalism ethics and values

November 11, 2009

ASNE Ethics and Values Forum – Public Trust Through Public Engagement Nov. 16-17 at the Reynolds Journalism Institute Open to the public. Attend via livestream – register for reminder.
Presenters: Jim Brady, Steve Buttry, Jerry Ceppos, Chris Cobler, Jarvis DeBerry, Kelly McBride, Michele McLellan, Michael Skoler, Bob Steele, Jane Stevens, Esther Thorson, Lee Wilkins 2008-2009 Reynolds Fellow Mike Fancher will convene a select group of editors and journalism educators. The aim is to build public trust through public engagement. This forum is a collaboration between RJI and the ethics and values committee of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), which Fancher chairs.
Topics to be explored: Differences in how citizens and journalists view journalism values When anyone can be a publisher, what distinguishes a journalist? New ways of partnering with the public “Surveys show the public doesn’t trust today’s journalists to get the facts right, to own up to their mistakes, to avoid political bias or to treat all sides fairly,” says Fancher, citing findings from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
“The potential consequences of this lack of public confidence in journalism are dire.” Fancher points out that journalism needs to be trustworthy in order to be relevant, valuable or necessary, especially now, when technology enables the public to rely less on journalists as fact-finders, gatekeepers and truth-tellers. “Ironically, the same technology is giving journalists new ways to create the bond of trust and respect that is essential to a free press,” says Fancher. “What is needed is a new ethic of public trust through public engagement.”
For more information contact: Kelly Peery, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute,; (573) 882-9650


November 9, 2009

The Kansas City Star has notified registered users of its Web site that effective 9/4/09 it has implemented new “Terms of Service” that will include a subscription or surcharge for certain on-line content.
The McClatchy-owned paper has been forced to dramatically reduce its staffing levels, seen its circulation drop and has tried all kinds of methods to generate additional revenue, including dramatically increasing the cost of the paper (Star Sunday paper went from $1.25 to $2.00).
As an example, former KC Star subscribers are now being offered a new subscription package that runs from Wednesday through Sunday (not daily as is the traditional model) for $1.25 per week (plus an E-subscription on the paper’s Web site).
Most recently the paper announced it was more than doubling the cost of its Thanksgiving Day newspaper to subscribers.

Two Decades After Folding, ‘St.L Globe-Democrat’ Looks to Return Online

November 2, 2009

By Mark Fitzgerald

Published: November 02, 2009 10:50 AM ET
CHICAGO – A former St. Louis television executive says the St. Louis Globe-Democrat will return as an online newspaper on Dec. 8 — 23 years after it folded for its second, and last, time as a daily.

In an announcement, Dan Rositano said the free site will be staffed by people “whose name will be familiar to former Globe-Democrat readers and all St. Louisians.”

He added in the statement, “Our columnists will be among the most-read voices in both St. Louis and the world today, covering news, sports, politics and all issues of the day.”

As soon as Rositano announced the revival of the Globe-Democrat, however, a legal obstacle emerged. As first reported on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Web site by Deb Peterson, the publisher of a six-time a year publication that calls itself the St. Louis Globe-Democrat said his attorney would be filing a cease-and-desist letter to stop Rositano from using the name.

Steve DeBellis told the P-D that he discovered the name had been abandoned in 1995, and so he began using it for his newspaper. He said he registered the name with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office in 2000.

Rositano, the former director of information and technology for KPLR-TV in St. Louis, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Monday morning. He told the Post-Dispatch that his application to use the Globe-Democrat trademark was “pending.”

If the Globe-Democrat is revived as a daily it would be another remarkable chapter in the history of the paper. Launched as the Missouri Democrat in 1852, it merged with the St. Louis Globe in 1875.

In 1959, the paper, then owned by Newhouse Newspapers, forged a joint operating agreement (JOA) partnership with Pulitzer Inc.’s Post-Dispatch. In 1983, Newhouse announced it was folding the Globe-Democrat, but continuing its JOA partnership with Pulitzer.

The U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division forced Newhouse to offer the paper for sale. It was bought by a young entrepreneur named Jeff Gluck. The paper quickly fell into financial difficulties, with paychecks bouncing. The daily was closed, but revived several months later by two local real estate developers.

It folded for good as a print daily on Oct. 29, 1986.