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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: 'Dog days of summer' arrive, but the fault is in the stars

The phrase, "dog days of summer" dates to the Greeks and Romans.

Win tickets to the Missouri football season opener

You have until midnight Wednesday to enter to win two free tickets to Saturday's game against South Dakota State.

DEAR READER: 'Word Crimes' creates complicated discussion of language

While comedian Weird Al's 'Blurred Lines' parody sparked a rewarding conversation about grammar, some take issue with statements made in the song.

FROM THE NEWSROOM: Does the Missourian have a mission statement?

While the following principles might not read like a corporate mission statement, they do reflect our values. They were written by executive editor Tom Warhover based on the collective wisdom of our staff of editors in 2007, and they continue to guide our decisions.

DEAR READER: What Angela Anderson taught us about journalism, trauma

In following up on the story of Angela Anderson's family coping with the loss of two children, our newsroom learned a valuable lesson.

Win pizza with this scavenger hunt through the Missourian's archive

Find six answers in our archived news stories to be entered to win a $25 Shakespeare's Pizza gift card.

DEAR READER: Ask, and you will find yourself in the Indian Ocean

Slow news days beget curiosity, and executive editor Tom Warhover has quite a few questions he would like answered.

FROM THE NEWSROOM: How do Google Surveys work?

A program through Google presents one- or two-question surveys before users can read an article. Missourian members who are logged in do not see any surveys.

DEAR READER: It's ludicrous to say sexual assault victims are part of privileged class

In the conversation about sexual assault on campus, the UM System has taken one step forward, while George Will has taken two steps back.

DEAR READER: Spending 'beach reading' afternoon with Justin Bieber, really

There are plenty of candidates for leisure reading this summer. First up is something that certainly fulfills that "not-so-complicated plot" requirement for a beach read.

DEAR READER: Missourian site is ending its time paywall and moving to surveys for revenue

A program through Google will present short one- or two-question surveys before users can read a story. If you are a member, you won't see any surveys.

DEAR READER: Helping readers navigate style changes in the news

The Missourian editors will be examining changes to the Associated Press Stylebook and deciding which to implement with its own style. If you have a revision for us to consider, please send it along by Friday.

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Have something you wish we would cover? Contact an editor below or send us an email at news@ColumbiaMissourian.com.

Jeanne Abbott
Managing editor
(573) 882-5741
abbottjm@missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Erica Mendez Babcock
Print editor
(573) 882-9956
babcocke@missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Greg Bowers
Sports editor
(573) 882-5729
bowersg@missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Mark Selig
Assistant sports editor
(573) 882-5726
markselig@mail.missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Elizabeth Brixey
K-12 education and higher education editor
(573) 882-2632
brixeye@missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Elizabeth Stephens
News editor
(573) 882-9951
connerek@missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Laura Johnston
Opinion editor
(573) 882-6870
johnstonlc@missouri.edu
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Brian Kratzer
Director of photography
(573) 884-0693
kratzerb@missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Monica Kwasnik
News editor
(573) 882-9951
kwasnikm@missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Joy Mayer
Director of community outreach
(573) 882-8182
mayerj@missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Bruce Moore
Director of audience development
(573) 882-5742
mooreba@missouri.edu

Derek Poore
Multimedia editor
(573) 882-5739
poored@missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Dan Potter
General manager
(573) 882-5707
potterds@missouri.edu

Katherine Reed
Health, public safety editor
(573) 882-1792
reedkath@missouri.edu
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John Schneller
Enterprise editor
(573) 884-2103
schnellerj@missouri.edu
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Scott Swafford
Public life (local government) and business editor
(573) 884-5366
swaffords@missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Bryan Chester
Marketing manager
(573) 882-5748
chesterb@missouri.edu

Maggie Walter
News editor
(573) 884-6149
waltermr@missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Tom Warhover
Executive editor
(573) 882-5734
warhovert@missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Rob Weir
Director of digital development
(573) 882-5057
weirr@missouri.edu
Missourian bio

Ying Wu
Design editor
(573) 882-5735
wuying@missouri.edu
Missourian bio