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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is the only major city-wide newspaper in St. Louis, Missouri. Although written to serve the St. Louis metropolitan area, the Post-Dispatch is one of the largest newspapers in the region.
Attitude to ballot initiative process in Missouri
Newspaper's posture toward specific Missouri ballot initiatives
On June 28, 2007, St. Louis Post-Dispatch staffer Jo Mannies published an item on the newspaper's online blog with the title Missouri a target of group opposing racial preferences. This blog post referred to the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative 2008. Her use of the word "target" once in the headline and twice in the blog post is indicative of a desire to portray the initiative in a negative light.
The Post-Dispatch is founded
The newspaper was founded by the 1878 merger of the St. Louis Evening Post and St. Louis Dispatch by owner and editor Joseph Pulitzer. Its first edition, 4020 copies of four pages each, appeared on December 12, 1878. The paper was called the St. Louis Post and Dispatch, but its name was changed to the current title the following year. Upon his retirement in 1907, Pulitzer wrote what is now referred to as the paper's platform:
- "I know that my retirement will make no difference in its cardinal principles, that it will always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or political corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty."
After Joseph Pulitzer
After his retirement, generations of Pulitzers guided the newspaper. After great-grandson Joseph Pulitzer IV left the company in 1995, his uncle Michael Pulitzer remained chairman of a company to which the Post-Dispatch became less central.
Sale to Lee Enterprises
On January 31, 2005, Michael Pulitzer announced the sale of Pulitzer, Inc. and all its assets, including the Post-Dispatch and a small share of the St. Louis Cardinals, to Lee Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa, for $1.46 billion. He announced that no family members would serve on the board of the merged company.
The Post-Dispatch Today
The Post-Dispatch also publishes the Suburban Journals, a weekly newspaper with different editions for different sections of the St. Louis area (i.e. Kirkwood-Webster Journal, South City Journal, Chesterfield, etc.). They are normally received every Wednesday, and are distributed free to homes with a subscription to the Post-Dispatch.