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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.

DEAR READER: A wreck on the road hits home

Photos from a motorcycle accident prompted strong reactions from some readers.

DEAR READER: That Washington team's name? You make the call

Redskins is an offensive term. Others might disagree, but that's not the point: The context is. Using the R- word casually serves no good purpose. Using it to engender debate and understanding does.

DEAR READER: Be a big man on campus when it comes to sex

What you need to drill into your brain and the brains of every other man on campus is that it's not OK to get drunk and stupid and then have sex with a woman who is drunk and stupid.

How to share community news using a simple form

Do you know of a special organization or event around Columbia? Tell the Columbia Missourian about it, and your submission may be printed later in the From Readers section.

 

DEAR READER: This year's Progress Edition — a look at Columbia's groundbreakers

The Missourian's annual Progress Edition appears as an insert in today's newspaper — and it can be found as a digital section on the Missourian website. This year, as the definition of progress, the Missourian chose innovation.

DEAR READER: MU fails with sexual violence policies, reacts slowly with task force

The first phase of a task force formed in the wake of Sasha Menu Courey's death was stunningly underwhelming. The task force made an inventory of resources and found the phone book, but you have to start somewhere.

 

DEAR READER: Redesigned Vox features new cover, content, type

Vox magazine unveiled a new look this week, and the whole staff is abuzz. We kept our audience in mind as we worked to create the new Vox.

DEAR READER: Darwin's theory is proved daily as changes, connections move us forward

A science fiction book, a new car and two celebrations of women might seem unrelated at first glance, but they all reinforce that change is supposed to happen — and you can't run from it.

DEAR READER: 'Over' causes 'more than' a little stir at editing conference

The AP's distinction between "over" and "more than" has caused more than enough problems for editors and writers. After this past weekend, we can finally get over it.

 

DEAR READER: When should we say an online article has been changed?

The news is always changing, but do readers need to know every time an online article undergoes an edit? The question of when news editors should mention that an online article has been changed offers a new transparency challenge for journalists.

DEAR READER: Kurt Schaefer's bill adds some heft to state's Sunshine Law

Exceptions to the Sunshine Law effectively restrict government transparency in some cases. (Did you know the U.S. didn't even make the top 50 in the World Press Freedom Index?) Legislation in the state Senate would tighten some language in those exceptions.

DEAR READER: Documents in University Village fatal collapse are numerous and not pretty

Digging out the facts about University Village and the safety of its buildings is a task that is far from over.

DEAR READER: Amid the news of Michael Sam, a titan in Columbia passes

Wynna Faye Elbert spent a lifetime giving voice to those who were otherwise voiceless. It is ironic that her life story was buried in the public conversation this week by news of Michael Sam’s coming out.

DEAR READER: Too many Americans didn't read in 2013

Even though more Americans opted for e-books than ever last year, nearly 25 percent of U.S. adults didn't read a single book — in print or on screen.

 

DEAR READER: Before athletics or official actions, the ESPN report is about a violent attack on a woman

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" report on an MU swimmer is a sad example of the epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses.

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