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The Columbia Missourian is a community news organization managed by professional editors and staffed by Missouri School of Journalism students who do the reporting, design, copy editing, information graphics, photography and multimedia. The Columbia Missourian debuted Sept. 14, 1908, the same day classes started at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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From the Newsroom

DEAR READER: Neighbors heard, not saw, police shoot a suspect at an MU parking garage

Good deeds aren't done in the dark. A bill in the legislature would ban police video from public view.

DEAR READER: AP's 'big announcement' disappoints copy editors at annual conference

At the annual American Copy Editors Society's national conference, editors from the Associated Press discussed changes to the AP Stylebook — but dropping the distinction between who and whom wasn't one of them.

DEAR READER: 500 'word nerds' converge in Pittsburgh

Spring break for MU students coincides with the annual conference of the American Copy Editors Society, a pilgrimage for syntactical soldiers. On Friday, Maggie Walter writes, Pittsburgh vibrated with rumors of changes to the AP Stylebook and debates about "ain't."

DEAR READER: Linguistic malfeasance in the shortest month

Although a mere 28 days, the month of February was filled with lessons about linguistics.

DEAR READER: The art of writing headlines, indeed

The more complex the topic and the more stakeholders involved in the issue, the more challenging it becomes to summarize an article in so few words.

DEAR READER: Stories 'for the freezer' are some of the best

The reserve of stories to run any time over the holiday season have run out — just in time for restocking by the next group of reporters.

Missourian guidelines on anonymous sources

These are the questions editors and reporters should ask before publishing a local story with anonymous sources.

DEAR READER: Terrorists spread, not suppress, Charlie Hebdo's free speech

Charlie Hebdo's cartoons are seen 'round the world now. And the assassins found out that you shouldn't bring a gun to a pen fight.


DEAR READER: Never too late to add to store of knowledge

As journalism graduates enter the next phase of their careers, they would do well to heed my father: You're not finished yet.


FROM THE NEWSROOM: Meet Adam Aton, assistant city editor

The assistant city editor discusses his middle school newspaper days and his interest in beekeeping and the Postal Service.

DEAR READER: Book stores can be home-away-from-home place

This year's Show Me the Errors contest will offer a book about bookstores rather than the usual about grammar and editing. "My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, And Shop" is a collection of essays about bookstores and why they are beloved.

COMO SOCIAL: Website (and app) can help organize your digital life

If This Then That is a site and smartphone app that can help you back up your files, keep track of things you like and warn you if it's about to rain.

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Jeanne Abbott
Managing editor
(573) 882-5741
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Erica Mendez Babcock
Print editor
(573) 882-9956
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Gerri Berendzen
News editor
(573) 882-5739
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Greg Bowers
Sports editor
(573) 882-5729
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Elizabeth Brixey
K-12 education and higher education editor
(573) 882-2632
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Bryan Chester
Marketing manager
(573) 882-5748

Laura Johnston
Opinion editor
(573) 882-6870
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Brian Kratzer
Director of photography
(573) 884-0693
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Joy Mayer
Director of community outreach
(573) 882-8182
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Bruce Moore
Director of audience development
(573) 882-5742

Dan Potter
General manager
(573) 882-5707

Katherine Reed
Health, public safety editor
(573) 882-1792
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John Schneller
Enterprise editor
(573) 884-2103
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Mark Selig
Assistant sports editor
(573) 882-5726
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Elizabeth Stephens
News editor
(573) 882-9951
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Scott Swafford
Public life (local government) and business editor
(573) 884-5366
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Maggie Walter
News editor
(573) 884-6149
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Tom Warhover
Executive editor
(573) 882-5734
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Rob Weir
Director of digital development
(573) 882-5057
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Ying Wu
Design editor
(573) 882-5735
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