ST. LOUIS — Around 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, a small group of journalists stand in a loose circle on the fifth-floor newsroom of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It’s quiet except for the static of the scanner. Many desks sit empty, for now. On one wall, front pages from the week hang in three rows. As the group waits for the metro team to join the scrum, they talk about news that isn’t about Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb that’s made international headlines for more than a week.
That non-Ferguson news written in purple dry-erase marker on a large white board includes: boy bands, free burritos and a forecast that shows temps in St. Louis heating up in what’s so far been a cool summer.… Read more