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Jim Edmonds to Bring Real Housewives of Orange County to St. Louis: Report

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Jim Edmonds was inducted into the 2014 Class of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.
Beware, St. Louis. The Real Housewives are coming.

Celebrity news site LALate reports that Jim Edmonds and his wife Meghan will feature in season ten of the Real Housewives of Orange County, giving the LA-based show enough STL flavor "to make Nellyville fans applaud."

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Riverfront Times Seeks Part-Time Web Editor

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The Riverfront Times has an immediate opening for a part-time web editor who will be the paper's voice on social media. This position combines social-media and photo-editing skills to increase the audience for the RFT.

The web editor manages the paper's social-media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter, with the expectation of continued engagement and growth. The job requires strong news judgment, ability to write grammatically correct sentences, and a skilled hand when it comes to story placement and presentation. The web editor must also be able to write compelling headlines that get shared on social media and attract eyeballs.

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Riverfront Times Seeks Freelance Writers for Longform Feature Stories

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Actual RFT cover stories from freelance writers!
Riverfront Times is looking to increase its stable of freelance writers for longform features and cover stories. Candidates must be able to pitch novel and newsworthy story ideas and write narrative articles that grab readers' attention and maintain their interest through a 2,000- to 4,000-word piece.

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Overwhelmed By Trolls, Post-Dispatch Shuts Down Comments on Editorials

Categories: Ferguson, Media

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This is a fairly accurate portrayal of our expression after reading Internet commenters' racial debates.
Sometimes, eradicating trolls requires extreme measures.

On Monday, the editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch announced that it's turning off comments on its entire opinion section for two months. In an editorial titled "No comments: An experiment in elevating the conversation," the board lamented that these forums had become corrupted by the worst forms of Internet discourse, to the point that "just to present a thoughtful point of view, you have to endure vile and racist comments, shouting and personal attacks."

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Saturday Night Live Parodies KMOV's Morning Show Coverage of Ferguson

Categories: Ferguson, Media

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Keenan Thompson and Cecily Strong as Channel 4 morning hosts.
The last time Daily RFT wrote about KMOV (Channel 4) morning show hosts Andre Hepkins and Claire Kellett was in 2012 when their suggestive promo commercials hinted that the two had more than just an on-air chemistry.

Now Saturday Night Live has joined in the fun with a skit this past weekend that parodies KMOV's morning crew coverage of Ferguson. And while SNL cast members Cecily Strong and Keenan Thompson go by the names of "Jenny" and "Kip" in the skit, it seems pretty clear that they're modeled off the real-life KMOV team -- right down to Andre's three-piece suit and Claire's highlighted locks.

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Riverfront Times Seeks Assistant Art Director

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Riverfront Times has an immediate opening for an assistant art director. This person will produce sophisticated and vibrant layouts for the print and online versions of the paper, produce and supervise interactive and multimedia features for riverfronttimes.com, organize and manage digital assets, and assist and support the art director.

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Post-Dispatch Subscribers Targeted by Scam, "Renew Now for Only $489!"

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One of the fraudulent renewal notices that began arriving in St. Louis mailboxes last week.
As if daily newspapers don't face enough challenges these days. Now there's this.

Last week homes throughout the St. Louis area began receiving subscription-renewal notices for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The only problem? The invoices (asking subscribers to make two payments in two months totaling $489 to "lock in at one of our lowest" annual rates) were fake. By comparison, new subscriptions for the paper go for about $162 annually.

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Riverfront Times Wins Missouri Press Association Awards

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Jennifer Silverberg
Jessica Lussenhop's story of the former inmates and competitive handballers who play in Forest Park took first place for sports features.
The Missouri Press Association announced the winners of its Better Newspaper Contest last weekend, and Riverfront Times picked up awards for its feature writing and website.

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Post-Dispatch Reporter, Ferguson PR CEO Get in Twitter Tussle Over Deadlines, Clothes

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When Ferguson changed from a quiet St. Louis suburb to ground zero for a renewed battle over civil rights, the town quickly learned it needed a full-time public relations team to manage press inquiries and community outreach.

First, the city hired a bunch of white ladies. That didn't go so well. So the city shifted to Devin James, CEO of the eponymous, minority-owned firm the Devin James Group.

(UPDATE: Not anymore. Here's our story on that: Ferguson PR Rep. Devin James Fired (Sort Of) After Revelation He Shot, Killed Unarmed Man)

But James isn't just a public-relations CEO. He's also a clothes horse with an Instagram feed filled with pre-/-post-workout and workday selfies, each meticulously labeled with a host of hashtags. (Our favorites: #malemodel, #maturity, #communicationthatbenefitspeople.)

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[UPDATED]: Unpaid Bills, Bad Press Keep KXFN 1380 "The X" Off the Air (For Now)

Categories: Bidness, Media

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Lindsay Toler
The 590 AM studio.
Update: Rejoice, talk radio fans! As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, KXFN 1380 AM has returned to your radio dials. Operation manager Mike Calvin says the station's landlord granted an extension until KFNS 590 is sold, which means that the 1380 crowd will able to start broadcasting and selling ad spots. The major tower repairs have also been completed, though it still awaiting some additions to bring it in line with FCC and FAA regulations.

In the meantime, Cavlin says a new investor group is in the works for KXFN, and that'll likely mean more shakeups at "The X" in the near future. Still, it appears the station may get a shot at to succeeding on the merits of its lineup -- leaving the burden of past bills (and face-punches) behind. End of update, see original post below.

Fans of KXFN 1380 AM "The X: Extreme Talk Radio" are likely wondering why the station disappeared from St. Louis airwaves. Unpaid bills are only part of the story.

For nearly three weeks, those seeking the station's brash lineup of shock-jock comedy, sex talk and music have instead encountered dead air and static where the 1380 channel should be. Although the shows are still (mostly) broadcasting over the web via KXFN's downloadable app, it's a particularly bad timing for the radio signal to go quiet: Two of station's hosts were recently nominated in the RFT Reader's Poll for the upcoming Best of St. Louis 2014 awards.

Operations manager Mike Calvin tells Daily RFT that old bills and repairs on KXFN's transmission tower knocked the broadcast off terrestrial radio, but he expects to have the debts squared and repairs completed by Tuesday. However, that doesn't solve the larger financial crisis facing KXFN and its sister station, KFNS 590 AM.

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