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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 weather from Planet Boone is much more than a forecast

No green screen, no Doppler radar, no five-day forecast graphic — the forecast from Planet Boone is the Missourian's John Schneller at his campfire best.

DEAR READER: Searching for stories in a losing season

Losing is a drag. Writing about MU's losing basketball season requires creativity.

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.

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.

 

DEAR READER: Try your hand at reporting accurately and ethically

Beware: Ethical chasms open at every turn when you play "Decisions on Deadline."

DEAR READER: The rules on anonymity are about answering key questions

Should an article discussing faculty fears of MU's professor buyout program have been published with anonymous sources? Take the anonymity test to find out.

DEAR READER: Racist acts and Ferguson counterprotests in Rosebud

When does legitimate protest cross over to hate speech? What's a journalist's role in labeling these acts?

 

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.

DEAR READER: How Columbia responds to Ferguson grand jury

We know there will be a decision in the killing of Michael Brown. We don't know whether Columbia will use the event to move forward or to just move on.

DEAR READER: MU Homecoming drive stirs readers' blood

MU's blood drive is one of the top-giving blood drives in the country. But it's unwise for all members to be pressured to give, especially if they're sick.

DEAR READER: It's time to stem tide of disappearance of 'about'

Breaking the so-called rules of language seems to be happening with more frequency. It would be much more effective if the rules were broken on purpose instead of misusing words out of ignorance.

DEAR READER: 'Go Naked Babies!' and other tales from Kewpieville

Of all the Tigers and Lions and Bears of this world, there might just be only one loveable doll of a mascot, and she (he?) lives right here in Our Fair City.

DEAR READER: Missourian clears up confusing AP style issues

World changes and the lightning fast pace of news call for changes in how the Missourian edits the news and helps its readers stay informed.

DEAR READER: Meet the 2014-15 Missourian Readers Board

Readers Board members help the Missourian stay connected to the community and get a behind-the-scenes look at the work we do.

DEAR READER: Amendment 3 campaign falls flat, but how to assess teachers rolls on

Proponents of the amendment to mandate teacher evaluations by student progress didn't like what they saw in the polls and withdrew from active campaigning.  Amendment 3 might not pass, but it's not going away.

DEAR READER: Why I'm throwing away NFL team's T-shirt

A racist team name makes a former favorite T-shirt a necessary addition to the garbage pile.

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.

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