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DEAR READER: There is little difference between 'student' and 'professional' reporters

Covering the KOMU-Mediacom negotiations requires reporting skills, regardless of whether the reporter is a student or a professional.

DEAR READER: KOMU-Mediacom negotiations were all about words and dollars

The battle between Mediacom and KOMU comes down to money.

DEAR READER: Jim Terry wins Show Me the Errors contest again

Entries in the Show Me the Errors contest for December dropped off sharply after the two leaders. Overall, there were 154 reported errors — mostly typos and erroneous punctuation.

DEAR READER: Let the lobbying commence on repealing Prop B

The intensity and interest in Proposition B is evident in the discussion on ColumbiaMissourian.com. Can we reframe the debate as the legislature talks of repeal?

DEAR READER: There's a whole lot of grit in this cinder-free city

The city will be cinder-free this snow season -- unless the conditions make salt ineffective. Why The District and the Village at Cherry Hill won't follow the exemption is grist for another article.

DEAR READER: Readers can help keep records requests alive

By spotting the Missourian, readers can help fund records requests.

DEAR READER: And the winner of the top news story of the year is...

You have the chance, too, to choose what you think were the most significant news stories of the past year.

DEAR READER: The biggest risk in reporting errors? We might get it right

Who wouldn't want the help of thousands of eyeballs? Too many people in newsrooms. The evidence lies in the need to create an advocacy group for reporting errors.

Some phrases you won't see this season — or else

Cliches such as "Christmas came early" and "'tis the season" can leave you ill with overload during this week of Thanksgiving. Find the offending phrases in the Missourian and report them to help rid the world of this plague.

DEAR READER: After the paywall rises, Tribune commenters may migrate to the Missourian

The Tribune's paywall will go into effect Dec. 1 ,and the ensuing months will answer some interesting questions. Will the Missourian actually get a significant increase in online traffic, and can it sustain that readership? After their initial ire, will Tribune readers and commenters stay put and subscribe to see more than 10 articles a month?

DEAR READER: I would tell you about this letter, but I'm not available

As the news process becomes more public and continues to evolve, a tension still exists between reporters and unavailable sources.

DEAR READER: Stephens professor wins first Show Me the Errors contest

Jim Terry submitted 89 corrections to win the first month of the contest, which asks readers to point out errors in our stories online.

DEAR READER: Martians invade, kill gunman on the loose at MU

People needed facts to fight the fear, which was in steady supply during Wednesday's “gunman” scare. All this, perhaps, because of single Twitter message. Did you buy it?

DEAR READER: CoMo You Know: Columbia's encyclopedia to debut in November

The CoMo You Know, a new project of the Columbia Missourian, is an online encyclopedia that could "provide a deeper picture of what a story means to the reader and the community."

DEAR READER: MPA awards suggest there are two fine newspapers in town

The Missourian and the Columbia Daily Tribune have both been recognized for excellence by the Missouri Press Association.

DEAR READER: Longtime Missourian columnist earned recognition

Good news for Rose Nolen in Sedalia; also, an update on the discussion on life stories and obituaries, and the Case of the Secret Barbecue Teams.

DEAR READER: Is it OK to turn an obit into a life story?

The Missourian looks for the life story beyond the sparse facts of a standard obituary. But in doing so, do reporters unfairly invade families' privacy?

 

DEAR READER: ColumbiaMissourian.com offers prizes in Show-Me the Errors contest

Spot a grammar error when reading the Missourian?  Make sure to let us know, and you could receive a Missourian mug and a copy of "The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English."

DEAR READER: A portrait of documentary photojournalism

Documentary photojournalism means starting a story with the reality of a situation. While photojournalists sometimes have to rely on manufactured events to cover the news, the best photojournalism comes from real moments in the subject's natural environment.

DEAR READER: Missourian changes should bring improvements to print, online content

New job descriptions and changes to the work flow should help the Missourian emphasize its digital-first goal.

 

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