I recently came across a top secret Joplin Globe memo which listed things that Editor Carol Stark thinks are important and should receive major coverage and things that are not important and do not need to be covered:
THINGS THAT SHOULD BE COVERED
Joplin City Councilman Ben Rosenberg's dog
Criminals who had Joplin City Councilman Bill Scearce as a landlord 20 years ago
Anything involving columnist Mike Pound's family
Six-month-old minor traffic citations
$40,000 extra for investigator Tom Loraine's report
Joplin Progress Committee formed to do great things for Joplin
C. J. Huff brings Bright Futures to the world.
Keeping anything secret from the Joplin Globe
THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT BE COVERED
Wallace-Bajjali involved in at least seven bankruptcies, multiple lawsuits, and has no completed projects to its credit
Joplin R-8 Board of Education approves $8 million in "might-as-well' spending
The $1.7 million that investigator Tom Loraine's $40,000 extra should have saved the city.
Joplin Progress Committee attempting to buy local elections and push costly programs that benefit a few
Joplin R-8 Board approves $5 to $12 million in projects to be covered by FEMA money, but not yet approved by FEMA
C. J. Huff tells world how he singlehandedly saved Joplin from the tornado, poverty, and parents who did not care whether their children graduated.
Anything negative about Mark Rohr or C. J. Huff.