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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: 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.


DEAR READER: Now hiring: newspapers

Despite skepticism and a changing field, journalism graduates are finding jobs in the field.

DEAR READER: A tip and a paper trail led to the Derrick Washington story

The decision about how — and when — to publish the Derrick Washington story sparked debate in the Missourian newsroom about identifying victims, using social media and raising unanswered questions.

DEAR READER: Free food! The second Missourian Readers Board is about to begin

Members of the Readers Board can learn more about the newspaper business and make suggestions for a better Missourian.

DEAR READER: News flash: Islam is, in fact, a religion

Last month, the Missourian wrote in a voters guide about a third-party political candidate who doesn't believe Islam is a religion. Deciding who to cover, and how, is complicated.

DEAR READER: How much detail is too much in reporting on suicides?

In most stories about suicide, the Missourian articles indicated a method and place, which the Suicide Prevention Resource Center says should be avoided. But to understand the events in a larger context, some details are needed.

DEAR READER: News of your neighbors works, mostly

A survey of Neighborhood News e-newsletter readers show there's a lot to like -- one reason the Missourian is expanding to 17 areas this fall.

DEAR READER: High schoolers learn the ropes at Urban Journalism Workshop

Whether it was learning about online journalism or just getting over the apprehension of interviewing, there was plenty for students to learn at this year's MUJW conference.

DEAR READER: Cool off from the heat with some fun from a would-be kid

Have you heard? It's hot. What more can be said about it? A lot.

DEAR READER: Lessons learned from a visitor down the hall

Nairobi fellow Washington Gikunju's quiet manner isn't a hindrance in the blunt world of American journalism. It's an asset.

DEAR READER: IBM story shows the structure for private deals with public money

The Columbia Area Jobs Foundation and Regional Economic Development Inc. are likely to play roles in future deals as well.