St. Louis Public Radio: Mini J School

Explore the craft of journalism

Join St. Louis Public Radio for a virtual Mini Journalism School, a multi-week lecture and discussion series on a wide range of journalism topics. Gain a greater understanding of the decisions, ethical considerations, and techniques that go into creating the credible, fact-based news you rely on to stay informed. Professional journalists, educators, and others in the media industry will join us for in-depth conversations on a different topic each week.

Topics include media literacy, investigative journalism, press freedom, ethics, healthcare reporting, and how the news is changing.

Nine Monday Evenings
February 15
February 22
March 1
March 8
March 15
March 22
April 5
April 12
April 19
7 p.m. — 8 p.m.
Zoom Virtual Sessons
$80 for all 9 sessions
or $10 for individual sessions Register Now

2021 Program Schedule

Feb 15
Media Literacy We’d all like to think we can spot “fake news,” but it’s not as easy as separating clickbait from legitimate coverage. In this session, Blackburn College communications professor Natasha Casey will discuss the origins of fake news and the challenges of separating fact from fiction in the digital age.
Jonathan Ahl St. Louis Public Radio
Natasha Casey Blackburn College
Feb 22
Why We Cover What We Cover There is no one-size-fits-all approach to how newsroom leaders make decisions about news coverage. In this session, you’ll hear the perspectives of Gilbert Bailon of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Shula Neuman of St. Louis Public Radio, and other local journalists.
Shula Neuman St. Louis Public Radio
Gilbert Bailon St. Louis Post Dispatch
Mar 1
Political Reporting It could be argued that political reporting is more important than ever. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Rachel Lippmann, and Jaclyn Driscoll will share their experiences covering politics at the local, state and national levels during a pandemic and unprecedented upheaval.
Fred Ehrlich St. Louis Public Radio
Jason Rosenbaum St. Louis Public Radio
Jaclyn Driscoll St. Louis Public Radio
Rachel Lippmann St. Louis Public Radio
Mar 8
Investigative Journalism Investigative journalism serves an important watchdog purpose in society. So how do journalists unearth information and reveal truths? In this session, journalists and media experts discuss this topic.
Jeremy Kohler St. Louis Post Dispatch
Mar 15
Arts, Culture, Food Journalism Covering the Arts, Culture and Restaurants has changed significantly in the last year as those areas have been impacted in many ways by COVID restrictions. How are journalists covering these beats and what does a food journalist do when they can’t go out to eat?
Jeremy Goodwin St. Louis Public Radio
Ian Froeb St. Louis Post Dispatch
Mar 22
Television Weather Television news managers know that, in many markets, weather is the most important part of any newscast. Mike Roberts, formerly of 5 on Your Side (KSDK), will share the highs and lows of predicting the weather.
Mike Roberts KSDK (Retired)
Apr 5
Ethics of Journalism Journalism is a self-regulating profession. Most newsrooms adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) code of ethics or have their own version. In this session, local journalists and ethics experts will talk about the code and challenges in this area.
David Cazares St. Louis Public Radio
Linda Lockhart St. Louis Public Radio (Retired)
Apr 12
Press Freedoms and Libel Law Journalism (“the press”) is the only profession protected by the U.S. Constitution. American jurisprudence has tended to favor the press over time, based on this very protection. Mark Sableman of Thompson Coburn LLP will lead the group in a discussion about press protections and why it’s challenging to win a case of libel against a news organization.
Alex Heuer St. Louis Public Radio
Mark Sableman Thompson Coburn
Apr 19
How News is Changing News of layoffs and media consolidation is causing a great deal of angst in the profession. However, new platforms are emerging along with new ways for the public to engage with journalists and have their voices heard. Lindsay Toler of St. Louis Public Radio will discuss these changes with journalism professionals.
Lindsay Toler St. Louis Public Radio

2019 Mini J School Photos