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Forge ahead even if you fall flat

  SHREWSBURY • The question has been raised: What in the world does a flat tire have to do with a prayer service? First, consider the phrase "in the world." Despite asking a question, the inquisitor already has an answer, with "in the world" presupposing that a flat has nothing at all to do with a prayer service. Even in printed form, the incredulous tone oozes from the statement. But Father Art Cavitt's flat tire en route to the Faith In Ferguson prayer service and prominence in  a St. Louis Review story illustrate a couple of points: 1) Priests, brothers and sisters are Read More

Photos of joy lift us all

Around this time every year, photojournalists anticipate results of the Picture of the Year International judging. The annual contest is sponsored by the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is considered among the most prestigious photojournalism contests in the world. Photos are judged against hundreds, sometimes thousands, of entries. Winning any place in POYi is a great accomplishment. Photos from the news categories were judged last week. Entries to the news categories vary widely, since news is the foundation of a photojournalists work. The images entered document breaking news, important issues, newsmakers and fleeting Read More

What’s in a name?

Among the pleasures of covering the St. Louis Blues for umpteen years has been observing replica jerseys that fans wear to games. Current and former Blues are represented -- highly regarded lads such as Hull, Sutter and MacInnis, less prominent ones such as Riendeau, Low and Zombo, and numerous others in between. A story about the Souper Bowl at St. Dominic High School provided the excuse to put into print something I’ve done for years: personify the jerseys – i.e. talking as if the player named on the jersey is actually wearing the jersey. Like, “T.J. Oshie is here for Read More

Selfied vs. Took a selfie: Why verbing a noun sometimes works.

Writers frequently take liberty with language. It's part of the joy of writing. News writing tends to be structured and direct, with short sentences and simple words, so journalists tend to enjoy opportunities to get a little funky with words. For example, recently we verbed a noun. That isn't uncommon; many words are both. But in this case, it was a new word. Slang, really. The sentence: "Vianney High School principal Tim Dilg selfied with seniors before a school awards assembly..." Selfie, Oxford Dictionaries' 2014 word of the year, a verb? Sure, why not? It worked in the context — a photo caption of Read More

We’ll run letters. Just be neighborly, please.

Readers frequently ask why we don't publish more letters to the editor. The editorial page has space for them, but it is rare that we have more than two. Frequently we have none. Perhaps readers like to read what other readers think. Maybe they're curious if their friends are getting published. Or maybe they're just looking for an argument. Increasingly it seems to be the latter. Publishing letters allows readers to be a part of the conversation, to share their ideas and to raise pertinent questions. Too often, the letters submitted are rants against a personal peeve. One reader recently Read More

Pope Francis in Asia to promote reconciliation, recovery

Pope Francis is preparing for his second pastoral visit to Asia. He is heading to Sri Lanka, where he will be from Jan. 13-15, before heading to the Philippines. The St. Louis Review will have updated stories daily at www.stlouisreview.com/papacy and coverage in the next issue of the paper. According to Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, interreligious reconciliation and recovery from natural disaster will be major themes of Pope Francis' visit. Pope Francis wanted to give the region special attention, the spokesman said, because prior to his visit to South Korea last year, no Asian country had received a Read More