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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?

DEAR READER: Newspapers find original stories

Of local news coverage, newspapers generate the most original reports. The Missourian exemplifies that trend and will continue to do so in the coming semester.

DEAR READER: Sometimes the commentary becomes the news

A lively debate over the performances of the bands at the Texas Bowl offerered differing and unique perspectives of fans and band members.

DEAR READER: The presses will roll, probably, after the Tigers play in the Texas Bowl

On-the-scene coverage of the game and related events will be online Tuesday and in print Wednesday.

Yes, Dear Reader, there is a 'Yes, Virginia' editorial today

The editorial, written in 1897, transcends any particular faith and speaks to all. It describes an aspiration for hope and wonder.

DEAR READER: Let's try using truths, dang truths and other statistics

Readers should not have to work to decide which numbers to trust and which to discard, which is why it is worrisome when unscientific polls make their way into Missourian articles.

DEAR READER: Photojournalists bring back the war in Afghanistan

The Associated Press' Julie Jacobson shared her story of following and photographing Marines in Afghanistan to a cadre of editors in Kansas City earlier this week.

DEAR READER: Missourian Readers Board poses some good questions

For example, violence is a story that won't go away, so what can be learned from the deaths of the Kahlers?

Clarifying the positions of patients, advocates in the breast cancer screening debate

It wouldn't have been clear to readers what the patient's position in the debate actually was but it was clear about the oncologist's role.

Balancing immediacy and accuracy

Twitter is a good tool for gathering and delivering news, but what's found there can't be taken at face value.

Reporters work to make experience better for online readers

Missourian reporters and editors are taking an increasingly Web-centric focus for the newspaper.

When it comes to the long view, Eddie Cook has it

Eddie Cook has been a part of the Columbia Missourian for 50 years, and that's worth recognizing.

Journalists make mistakes; it's what they learn that matters

Students learn from the photo posted online including William Clinch trial jury members.

Liberal, conservative terms can be too broad to mean much

Everyone knows what they mean, and they mean something different to everyone.

DEAR READER: Meet the members of the Readers Board

The Columbia Missourian has formed a Readers Board to help improve the paper through public feedback from the 10 community members.

Journalists urged to use caution when reporting suicides

Suicide is a delicate issue —but one that will continue to be reported on. The Missourian's policy on running suicides, which was put in place long ago, comes down to the public element.

DEAR READER: We want to know community schools better

Some schools aren't getting the coverage they should.

Multimedia can help readers cut to the chase

When newspapers include video and audio, readers can find what they need faster.

Readers board and surveys are routes to improve Missourian

The Missourian continues to look for new avenues to gather reader feedback.

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