#NewsEngagementDay master playlist curated by #mpj2018

For #NewsEngagementDay on Oct. 2, students in Multiplatform Journalism at Saint Louis University created news playlists to encourage people to connect with the news through music.

In four-person teams, students curated the top news stories from St. Louis and paired each news item with a relevant song to create music playlists on Spotify. The students then embedded the playlists on their blogs along with summaries of the news stories.

Below is our master playlist and news summaries, with selection from each team. Happy listening!

Stagnating growth in St. Louis

Though considered a growing U.S. city, St. Louis is not developing as fast as its neighboring popular cities. The city is lacking development in terms of unemployment rate, poverty rate, business growth and investment. St. Louis is lingering in it’s size and development.

Amendment aims to clean up Missouri politics

The Clean Missouri amendment is set for state ballots this November. The proposed amendment would place limits on campaign donations, limit lobbyists’ gifts and increase legislators’ waiting time before becoming lobbyists. Under Amendment 1, the state demographer would draw districts based on partisan fairness and competitiveness to ensure that neither Democrats nor Republicans receive unfair advantages when new maps are drawn.

Cardinals miss out on post-season, again

The St. Louis Cardinals season has come to an unfortunate early ending after a long and winding road. After not being able to win the final series of the season against the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals will not be playing October baseball for the third consecutive season. The end of the season brings many questions to the future of the franchise, including the future of long time Cardinals star Adam Wainwright.

Boeing wins billion-dollar contract that will bring thousands of jobs

In a major win for Boeing St. Louis, the United States Department of Defense has awarded the St. Louis County manufacturing firm a $9.2 billion military contract to build a new Air Force training jet. The contract is expected to last through 2034 and bring 14,000 jobs to the area.

Hospital offers free flu shots ahead of flu season

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, for the 15th year in a row, is offering free flu shots. The CDC estimates 80,000 people died from the flu and its complications last season. They recommend getting vaccinated by the end of October for the upcoming flu season. There are multiple locations where the vaccinations will be offered.

Couple leaving St. Louis featured on HGTV show

St. Louis couple Joni Spear and Dan Stanton are picking up their bags and moving to Smithfield, Va. HGTV gave them a little help on their hunt for a new home by featuring the couple on House Hunters. The couple spent five, 12-hour filming days to complete the episode and find the house. Their show premiered Monday night.


Kudos to the groups for curating such informative and entertaining playlists! You can check out each group’s individual playlists: New Kids on the Blog, The Newsies, Shimmy and Skimmy, and Deadline by Deadline.


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