Watchdog Analysis: Offering Context and Perspective Online

March 2009
Nieman Reports;Spring2009, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p8
The article focuses on the St. Louis Beacon, a news Web site in Saint Louis, Missouri. The site was founded by former employees of the "Saint Louis Post-Dispatch" newspaper, which has seen major layoffs since 2005. The site is said to specialize in providing analysis of events, a task suited for online journalism since it is less labor intensive than a conventional news operation. The site has also attempted to cover large events such as the collapse of the housing bubble from the perspective of affected individuals, which is again a format more suited for online journalism.


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