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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.

DEAR READER: You deserve better than a non-working Web site was a victim of success once again. A link from Drudge Report caused the site to go down Monday.

DEAR READER: Of blogs and frogs and other news

Missourian blog posts are often more conversational, use the first person and include additional reporting and important links to related coverage.

DEAR READER: When you comment on a newspaper site, it's public

DEAR READER: Journalists have more work to do on 'fake pot' story

A lot of claims have been made so far about K2, but few have been substantiated.

DEAR READER: The next time a big story breaks, look to the cloud to get the news out

In the spring, will start using a different technology so that when a big story breaks, like it did Monday with the Ryan Ferguson case, the Web site will keep up with demand.

DEAR READER: Responding to allegations about 'usual suspects'

There's nothing unusual about Mike Martin's "usual suspects" harangue against the Columbia Missourian.

DEAR READER: As copy editors are cut, accuracy declines

Newspapers around the country are being forced to do more with less. But what happens when readers spot spelling and grammar mistakes?