FOCUS/midwest

Founded in 1962 by Charles L. Klotzer

The Charles L. Klotzer papers

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Mashanghairk Loehrer, a graduate student at the University of Missouri St. Louis, is producing an online archive of selected papers of Charles L. Klotzer, founder of FOCUS/Midwest and the St. Louis Journalism Review. Here’s a link: https://archive.org/details/charlesklotzerpapers

The collection includes unusual and obscure records and images, such as this wartime portrait of a Jesuit in Shanghai.

 

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January 31, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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The Charles L. Klotzer Collection

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Klotzer, Charles L.Charles L. Klotzer, founder of FOCUS/Midwest and the St. Louis Journalism Review, has donated portions of his archives to several university collections, including the Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center. The SIU collection focuses on journals pertaining to freedom of the press, journalism in general, as well as reviews and alternative press publications, including those from foreign presses. Here’s a description:  http://bit.ly/1ARvGNP

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June 6, 2015 at 8:19 am

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November 22, 1963

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Volume II, Number 9“We have seen the grief of the American nation and profoundly sympathize with it.”

“The world goes on with what it has. Its reasoned, right and only code. Coaxing, with military faith, the tilt and jangle of this death.”

“Let us hope that we will grow up at last, that we will find more enduring values to admire than the profit motive. Let us recall ideals such as service, and values such as patience, kindness, the pursuit of truth.”

Charles L. Klotzer is the founder and publisher of FOCUS/Midwest. This 16-page special edition was published in 1963. Here is a link to the special edition: Vol. 2 No. 9

Original copies of the magazine, published from 1962 until 1983, are still available. For information, write SJR, P.O. Box 12474, St. Louis, MO 63132.

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November 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm

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On school reform

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Schoolhouse ShamsJournalist Peter Downs, a contributor to FOCUS/midwest, is out with a new book on education reform, “Schoolhouse Shams: Myths and Misinformation in School Reform.” The book examines the turmoil that hit St. Louis beginning in 2003; the lessons likely apply to any major public school system facing calls for change.

Here’s the summary of “Schoohouse Shams” taken from the publisher’s website: “Written by a parent and school board member, who first embraced many of the ideas of the modern school reform movement, Schoolhouse Shams lays bare much of the mythology and misinformation that underpin many of the failed Read the rest of this entry »

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January 23, 2013 at 5:36 am

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Unfocused

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June 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the first edition of FOCUS/Midwest magazine.

The magazine discontinued publication in 1983 after it was folded into a sister publication, the St. Louis Journalism Review (now the Gateway Journalism Review).

Starting in 2008, an attempt was made to revive FOCUS/Midwest. Four online prototypes were produced, but the project was largely abandoned in 2011.

There are no current plans to revive it.

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January 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm

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The past instructs us

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Remarks by Bob Zieger (University of Florida, emeritus) at the annual Labor Day Breakfast, Sept. 3, 2011, sponsored by the North Central Florida Central Labor Council, Gainesville.

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka has recently said that “nostalgia for organized labor’s past is no strategy for our future.”

As a historian, however, I do think that the past can continue to instruct us.

Let me bring you back to the year 1935 and the founding of the CIO, or Congress of Industrial Organizations. The CIO existed as a separate organization between that year and 1955 when it merged with the AFL to form the AFL-CIO. Many historians see the formation and struggles of the CIO to build industrial unions as the single most important episode in the history of American labor. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 4, 2011 at 8:59 am

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In and about F/m

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The St. Louis Journalism Review, younger sibling of FOCUS/midwest, celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and a move to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. The publication marks the occasion at an event on Sept. 15, from 6-9 p.m., at the Edward Jones Building in Des Peres.  Russ Mitchell of CBS is emcee; Bob Woodward of The Washington Post joins via satellite. For information http://gatewayjr.org/2011/08/26/celebration/

The first volume of Jacqueline Dougan Jackson’s The Round Barn will be released this October by Beloit College Press. It’s an engaging, inspiring and amazingly detailed look at the rise and fall of a family-owned dairy farm in Wisconsin. Some of Jackson’s work has been featured by FOCUS/midwest. Look for ordering information and other details at  http://roundbarnstories.com/

For four years, beginning in 1971, Barbara Olson kept a detailed journal of her family’s time in Ethiopia, telling stories of people whose lives would soon be upended by war, revolution, drought and famine. Excerpts were published by FOCUS/midwest; the book, Gondar, Ethiopia, is now available. To order a copy, go here: http://gondarstories.com/book_236.html.

Other items:

— Will Gardner, writing for Education Week, recently looked at private management of public schools, referencing Peter Downs’ study, published by FOCUS/midwest. Find Gardner’s “Are public schools supermarkets? at blogs.edweek.org. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm

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