Since Saturday, local media in St. Louis have covered the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. National media joined them, and on Friday, the story made the front pages of newspapers in the U.S. and around the world. We checked in with several newsroom leaders and asked them the same five questions about their work, the competition and the best and worst of what they’ve seen.
Chris King is the editorial director of the The St. Louis American, St. Louis’ historically black newspaper. He answered these questions via email.
1. What is the most important thing you’ve told your staff as they cover this story?
Come back alive. We want you — and your story. Protect yourself.
2. Give us an example of the best coverage you’ve produced or seen.
I am attaching a photo Lawrence Bryant shot for us today of Sierra Smith, resident of Canfield Green apartments where Michael Brown was shot, telling Gov. Read more