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DEAR READER: Missourian looking for new ways to engage print, online readers

By Joy Mayer
February 25, 2011 | 10:02 a.m. CST

We at the Missourian are giving some thought to how we can reach out to our neighbors more, and we want to do that in ways that make sense for you and your life.

I know how I use the news, and a lot of it has to do with the smart phone my husband thinks must be attached to me with an invisible umbilical cord. But I also know I have an unusual (addictive? unhealthy?) relationship with the news and can't use myself as an example.

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Which is why my colleagues and I are hoping to hear from you about how you interact with your news. A few of the things we're thinking about and curious about:

Some dedicated students (Harumendhah Helmy, Lauren Pinder and Abbie Schmid) are working with me on some of these ideas. We've put together a survey that should take no more than five minutes. We promise it's quick and doesn't get too detailed. If you get a chance to click through, we'd sure appreciate it.

If you want to share your thoughts in a more specific or detailed way, I'd love to talk to you. You can find me at mayerj@missouri.edu or 882-8182.

We want to share information and interact with you in ways that feel natural to you. Your time is a gift, and we'd sure appreciate it if you could invest five minutes in your relationship with us.

Joy Mayer is an editor at the Missourian. She's out of the newsroom this year while on a fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and is eager to get back to actually doing journalism for a living.