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DEAR READER: You could be a criminal for publishing a name

You might be thinking the legislature only intended to stop news media from publishing lists of gun permit holders. If so, legislators were in need of an editor because the bill as written takes a broader whack at the First Amendment protections of free speech and free press.

DEAR READER: Journalists are a kind of first responder during disaster coverage

Whether close to home or far away, many people sought out news about Monday's tornado and its tragic aftermath in Moore, Okla. The response adds proof to the need for journalism. Many government or nonprofit officials said during interviews on Monday afternoon that they were getting their information and perspective from news reports, same as everyone else.

TELL US: Do you have advice to share with recent graduates?

With graduation season upon us, the Missourian compiled videos of recent noteworthy commencement speeches.

DEAR READER: Here's how we're covering more of City Council meetings

The Missourian covers Columbia City Council meetings regularly, but with DocumentCloud reporters can include more information and notes with their stories.

DEAR READER: Recording the memories of MU's Arvarh Strickland

Journalism will help preserve the memory of Arvarh Strickland, a man who is known for being the first African-American professor at MU but who was also much more.

TELL US: What one word best describes your mother?

Share one word that best describes your mother in preparation for Mother's Day.

 

ANY QUESTIONS: An answer about regulations on the width of roads, parking spaces

A reader asked why roads are narrower in certain areas and why parking spaces can be smaller than others, and we answered.

DEAR READER: Another crack at an old problem of plagiarism

In a time where plagiarism is easier than ever, Missourian Executive Editor Tom Warhover says the principles are easy: Don't cheat. Don't lie. 

DEAR READERS: Trumpeting the power of words entertains copy editors

Peter Sokolowski, an editor at large with Merriam-Webster Dictionary, was the keynote speaker at the 17th annual American Copy Editors Society national conference. And, he added a bonus of playing a couple of tunes on his trumpet.

ANY QUESTIONS: What do you want to know about Columbia?

Are you trying to figure out what store is being built near your house or when the next city election is? Let us help.

TELL US: What do you hope people will say about Battle High School?

In a sentence or a few paragraphs, let us know how you hope Battle will be known a year from now.

SURVEY: Win free pizza by telling us about your news habits

Willing to offer the Missourian a window into what kind of news you seek and where you get it? You'll be entered to win a $25 Shakespeare's gift card when you take the survey.

IN THE WORKS: Questions and answers about the opening of Battle High School

As a student, teacher, parent, neighbor or taxpayer, what do you want to know about Columbia's new high school? Weigh in here.

IN THE WORKS: How has the landscape in your neighborhood changed over the years?

We've compiled some Google Earth satellite images showing some of the changes visible from the sky. You can see those in this  Facebook album.

Join the Missourian in a March Madness bracket challenge

Compete against other fans and some of the Missourian's staff in the Columbia Missourian tournament group.

New around town: Missourian suggestion boxes

Want to tell us what's news in your world? Look for our suggestion boxes at 10 locations in Columbia.

BEHIND THE SCENES: The Missourian's community beat

Managing Editor Jeanne Abbott and a few of her community reporters discuss why it is important to tell the stories of the people in the community.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Covering the achievement gap in Columbia's schools

Education reporter Elizabeth Scheltens talks about a story she did on the achievement gap and how the community can help her with similar stories she is working on.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Ron Jensen and the production of a print newspaper

Behind the Scenes introduces Ron Jensen and shows how has printing a newspaper changed over 40 years.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Missourian football reporters share stories

Hear some inside stories from Missourian reporters about life in the press box and on the field.

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