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FROM THE NEWSROOM: Share your questions about what we do

Curious about how infographics are made or headlines are written? Confused by the accuracy check process? Want to know more about the difference between obituaries and life stories? Ask and we will answer.

DEAR READER: When is 'they' the right pronoun for one person?

A recent Missourian article used the pronoun "they" to refer to Josie Herrera, a finalist for MU Homecoming king who identifies as gender queer.

FROM THE NEWSROOM: What are the different kinds of obituaries?

At the Columbia Missourian, there are four types of obituaries: Missourian life stories, Missourian obituaries, family obituaries and paid advertisements.

DEAR READER: Journalist's Creed serves as reminder of values, standards

A portion of the creed, written by the founding dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, is printed each day in the Missourian's editorial page.

DEAR READER: Sorry, this letter is closed due to the federal shutdown

Shuttered offices and websites have shown some of the many ways we’re affected by our federal government. Tell me the shutdown doesn’t touch you, and I’ll suggest you aren’t looking hard enough.

DEAR READER: Sometimes, the most important stories are the hardest to get

When people angrily refuse to answer a simple question, it can be a clue — a bright green light with a “Rough Road Ahead” sign.

DEAR READER: Meet the members of this year's Readers Board

The new members of the Readers Board, a panel of community members who help improve the Missourian, introduce themselves.

DEAR READER: Walking one million steps reaps surprising rewards

Walking for the University's Million Step Pedometer Program meant some extra effort, but it yielded the reward of noticing the things that otherwise go unseen.

DEAR READER: Of racial slurs and team names

Slate magazine will no longer us the word "Redskins" to refer to the NFL team from Washington, D.C. The name debate, which has lasted for decades, isn’t going away.

DEAR READER: Newspapers take more hits

On Wednesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer cut a third of its newsroom staff, and Thursday, Gannett newspapers laid off at least 223 newsroom employees across 37 worksites. The question this all brings us to: How does the decline of these newsrooms affect the health of the cities they serve?

DEAR READER: Join the Missourian's Readers Board and help us learn more about each other

The board meets monthly to talk about what's most important to the community and how the Missourian should best reflect that. Apply to be a part of it here.

DEAR READER: Schlundt story leads to reflection on the transience of the digital

In the digital future, the past might remain hidden as information could become less available.

DEAR READER: Let's throw a party for the 100 Ages celebs

The positive response to the Missourian's 100 Ages, A Century of Voices project prompts an idea for a celebration of the diversity of lives in mid-Missouri.

 

TELL US: Where were you during the Great Flood of 1993?

The Missourian is collecting stories from people who remember what it was like in mid-Missouri 20 years ago.

DEAR READER: Gutenberg opened up the world

According to author Jeff Jarvis, Gutenberg is a geek of the highest order. Like Steve Jobs and other, he created something that opened up the world.

DEAR READER: Trudeau's hiatus prompts a Prickly response

Doonesbury is taking a break. But don't worry, Prickly City and it's cast of characters are here in the meantime.

 

DEAR READER: 100 voices tell the story of Boone County

Inspired by a Belgian photographer, graduate photojournalism student Alyssa Goodman found more than 100 stories from Boone County residents.

COMO SOCIAL: What Columbia is talking about on Reddit

Communities around the topics of Columbia, Mizzou and Missouri on Reddit are talking about different things such as a recent shooting, luxury housing and if Missouri is considered southern.

DEAR READER: Many questions, few answers, in killing of Brandon Coleman

A month after the incident, the public has yet to receive details about Brandon Coleman's death. With the case becoming a growing part of community discussion, it's time for the Columbia Police Department to answer questions.

 

DEAR READER: Let's solve problems together

Journalistic efforts coupled with a knowledgeable network of people who are deeply embedded in the places they live can work together to make sure change agents have what they need to solve problems.

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