ST. LOUIS — It’s quiet in the newsroom of St. Louis Public Radio on Wednesday. In the studio, host Don Marsh speaks with the Rev. Willis Johnson and the Rev. B.T. Rice about faith and Ferguson, Missouri. Then TweetDeck barks.
“It’s happening,” Kelsey Proud, the organization’s engagement editor, calls out from her desk in the newsroom.
Tweets report a police raid on a church in Ferguson, possibly the one where the Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke earlier in the week.
“They’re saying St. Mark Church,” says Margaret Freivogel, editor of St. Louis Public Radio (and my former boss at the St. Louis Beacon.) “Get Tim over there.”
Suddenly the newsroom is moving, people get up from their desks and hurry back. Journalist Rachel Lippmann picks up her phone and calls the church directly.… Read more