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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.

DEAR READER: Work under way to revamp Missourian Stylebook

It's the time of year when editors at the Missourian engage in one of their favorite pastimes: arguing about words and how to use them. We're revamping the stylebook, a process that's not for the faint of heart.

DEAR READER: What would Vox look like on an iPad?

The Vox online coordinator will begin thinking about ways to bring the best of print and the Web to Apple's latest gadget.

DEAR READER: The Web and digital technologies are killing news organizations? That's a myth

Newspapers are finding ways to adapt to new technologies while maintaining their role as kings of original reporting.

DEAR READER: It's OK for Helen Thomas' seat to go to another columnist

The White House Press Corps dean's comments about Jews in Palestine ended her career but brought light to an important issue: Should opinion columnists have a front-row seat to the White House briefing room?

DEAR READER: Newspapers not connected to their communities? That's just a myth

Journalism today is encouraging interactivity with community members, and newspapers benefit their communities by bringing awareness to corruption and secrecy in government.

DEAR READER: Records interesting for what they don't reveal about Big Ten move

While there is no "smoking gun" regarding the rumors of Missouri joining the Big Ten, there is definitely interest in the topic among the top UM System administrators.

DEAR READER: The myth of newspaper bias

There’s a lot of junk journalism out there, and it feeds the public’s sense that “the media” are high on agenda and low on ethics.

DEAR READER: It's worth noting when World War II vets fly

Although its editors made a decision to pass on coverage of the most recent Central Missouri Honor Flight trip, the Missourian should be seeking out an innovative way to report on these kinds of recurring events.

DEAR READER: Newspapers are still relevant

When relevance is calculated purely by numbers, there’s little doubt the newspaper industry – while smaller and less profitable than it once was – remains utterly relevant in the lives of many Americans.

DEAR READER: Newspapers are hardly washed up

Advertising revenue and print circulation may be down, but reports that many newspapers would go out of business has been proven false.

DEAR READER: MU, Big Ten expansion news: the big catch everyone's chasing

Was MU offered a Big Ten spot? News types are reporting it was. Doesn't mean it's true.

DEAR READER: Is K2 in the same league as meth? Nope.

The effects from meth are worse than those from K2.

DEAR READER: Photographing the president requires a lot of waiting around

A Missourian photographer recounts his opportunity to photograph President Obama on Wednesday.

DEAR READER: I'm still conflicted over the ethics policy

The conversation about conflict-of-interest moved from the specific to the philosophical, from attending concerts of musicians raising funds for causes to whether we should throw the whole policy in the trash.

DEAR READER: Help the Missourian update its conflicts-of-interest policy

We'd like your input as students are proposing a new draft for the Missourian's conflicts-of-interest policy.

DEAR READER: Larger population has changed Columbia elections

Campaigning feels like it's all grown up in Columbia, for better and for worse.

DEAR READER: Skala's dining is in Kespohl's 'sites'

Karl Skala has spent more on travel than any other ward council member while assuming leadership on national committees. Voters will decide if it presents an issue.

DEAR READER: Anonymous words become weapons against sexual assault victims

The bad habit of victim-blaming is apparent in anonymous comments, and it needs to stop.