SPJ offers special screening of ‘Deadline in Disaster’

Deadline in DisasterThe St. Louis Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a special screening of “Deadline in Disaster,” a documentary about the role of reporters at The Joplin Globe shortly after a devastating tornado cut through the community May 22, 2011.

The free screening will take place at noon, Thursday, July 10, in the AT&T Room on the lower level of the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard.

The documentary film, produced by Orr Street Productions and the Missouri Press Association, takes viewers behind the scenes of Joplin’s major publication and will speak of the hardships both the community and its newspaper endured following the disaster.

“High school graduation had just ended when The Joplin Globe turned its reporting coverage to the horror of the day that would define its community as one of strength and resolve in the weeks to follow,” the documentary’s website explains. “Despite one-third of the newspaper staff losing their homes and the death of their page designer, The Joplin Globe rolled the presses on the night of the storm one hour late.”

Viewers are invited to bring a brown bag lunch or order one from Bixby’s Restaurant upstairs.

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