At the Masthead is an engaging memoir by the past owner/editor of a weekly in Southeast Missouri. It's a richly detailed story of small town publishing and a warm tribute to the people and place the paper served.
In the 1970s, Jim Boan followed a dream to get out of Corporate America and publish a small-town weekly newspaper. Informative and revealing, At the Masthead offers:
Local characters and politics
Scandals, thefts, accidents and even murder
The Krehbiel-Bolitho formula for buying a newspaper
Newspaper ethics and responsibility to the community
Get to know Bloomfield, Dexter, their neighbors, tragedies and triumphs over ten years and get to know yourself. Boan captures a community and its history in a way that often gets lost today in corporate reporting--on television, on the internet, and in the newspaper.
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Jim Boan, a Missouri native (Ozarks), is a writer and editor of long standing. While completing a B.S. degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia, he was editor of the University of Missouri Magazine. He worked in advertising for a time, served as Publicity Director for the Missouri State Fair, and was a feature writer for McKelvie Publications. For ten years, Boans was owner and editor of the Vindicator, a weekly newspaper in Southeast Missouri. He is the author of Rising Sun Sinking (Eakin Press 2000), a memoir of his service with the Sixth Marine Reconnaissance Company. The book was reprinted as Okinawa (2005 John Gresham Military Library series). Boans, now freelancing, has over two hundred byline credits. He is completing both fiction and non-fiction book length works. With his wife Clara, he lives in Bloomfield, Missouri.
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