But how will local news look as a result? Does the merger chart a course for the rest of St. Louis-area media?
On Dec. 12, the Society of Professional Journalists brings together a special panel to discuss the merger at the society’s monthly News at Noon program at the Missouri History Museum.
The panel will talk about the pros and cons of the merger and its probable local impact. Panelists also will discuss how two very different newsrooms are combined to offer multiplatform news, as well as serve as a training environment for the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.
Margie Frievogel, founder and editor of the St. Louis Beacon. Frievogel started the Beacon after more than three decades at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a reporter, assistant Washington bureau chief, and assistant managing editor.
Eric W. Rothenbuhler, professor and dean of the School of Communications at Webster University. He was previously a professor of media arts and studies and associate dean of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.
Thomas F. George, chancellor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
The panel discussion is free of charge and starts at noon in the AT&T Room on the lower level of the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, at DeBaliviere Boulevard on the north edge of Forest Park. Attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch or order one from Bixby’s Restaurant on the museum’s upper level.
More details are available from Janette Lonsdale, St. Louis SPJ chapter public relations director, at 314-223-0235, or at janetteL(at)yourlocalmessenger.com.