Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pulitzer: Post-Dispatch 'quality has clearly deteriorated'

Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Joseph Pulitzer Jr.'s widow, talked to St. Louis gossip blogger Jerry Berger about, among other things, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Pulitzer was the largest shareholder when the Pulitzer papers were sold to Lee Enterprises in 2005.

"The quality has clear deteriorated," Pulitzer said of the Post-Dispatch. "Lee Enterprises has faced a really difficult economic situation. What Lee did with the Post-Dispatch is not different from what has happened in other cities. Nobody has figured out how to deal with the Internet. Journalism is very important and without journalists with good education you don't have a democracy. Not-for-profit journalism is very important. That's where KWMU, NPR, The Beacon and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting come in."

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