St. Louis Beacon
The St. Louis Beacon is an online-only news site in the greater St. Louis area. Several of the site's founders include former reporters and editors from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Funded largely by outside donations, the Beacon has 15 paid staffers and dozens of outside contributors.
Beacon coverage trends toward public issues rather than news events. As an example, the St. Louis Journalism Review points to the Beacon's lack of coverage of St. Louis Cardinals' player Albert Pujols' calf injury in June 2008. By contrast, the site, in conjunction with local public television station KETC, reported heavily on the local effects of the mortgage crisis.
The Beacon was organized in 2007, and launched online in March 2008. At that time it was called the St. Louis Platform. In April 2008 its name was changed to the St. Louis Beacon.
- McPherson, Lindsey; Megan Miller (December/January 2009). "A Beacon for St. Louis". American Journalism Review. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- Tritto, Christopher (April 11, 2008). "Naming rights over St. Louis Beacon". St. Louis Business Journal. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
- St. Louis Beacon homepage
- Nieman Journalism Lab. "St. Louis Beacon". Encyclo: an encyclopedia of the future of news. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
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