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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.

In business and journalism, Frank Batten nurtured hope

Batten helped to define the role of the newspaper in the community. Journalists should follow the example he set in values and vision.

This is the last time you'll see 'swine flu' in a headline about H1N1

The Columbia Missourian is committed to keeping pork out of pandemic headlines.

The embedded link is an important part of today's journalism report

The embedded link helps readers find out where journalists found their information. It helps reader discover information that goes beyond just the story itself.

The Music Suite 'only' wants an accurate accounting

Health care debate needs less heat, more light

Hillsboro made the national news this week when a town hall meeting on health care with Sen. Claire McCaskill turned ugly

Murdoch says it's time to put a price on digital news

There is a lot of speculation regarding online journalism's pay-for-content movement. Soon enough, however, we'll have some answers.

Nigeria's troubles not so far away when Columbians are at risk

Students and researchers from Missouri get trapped in vicious fighting in northeastern Nigeria. The risks in writing about them are real, and the decisions aren't simple.

High school journalists learn to be resourceful, assertive

While covering the weak economy for the Urban Pioneer, 16 high school students from six states honed their journalism skills during a 10-day workshop.

When the right thing ends up wrong

Columbia Trojans player James Dudley spent time in jail because of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of the accident. This information was left out of the story about the Columbia Trojans, but Dudley made us all realize it shouldn't have been.

Online debate brews over vetting of letters to editor

Just how much should a newspaper tinker with letters to the editor? Did the Missourian wimp out when it listened to a politician’s version of the facts? There’s been an interesting debate brewing on columbiamissourian.com.

A declaration: Our first freedoms play out in everyday lives

On the day we celebrate our independence, lets also recognize the power of the Consitution and our freedoms, which can be seen each day in the actions of our neighbors.

Michael Jackson's death is a local story

Although Michael Jackson's death is an international news story, the Missourian jumped to cover it because he was part of our collective, local conciousness.

Dear Reader: It's time for some steamy (weather) stories

Summer heat stories are as predictable as Christmas shopping stories in November or NCAA bracketology in March.

Sports reporter finds a whole new world in rodeo

Every day, journalists are asked to become "instant experts" on any number of topics. Missourian reporter Brian Nordli learned that first-hand this week.

Photos should reflect the truth of the moment

In last month's Missourian, a photo ran that later appeared to be digitally altered. It has since been removed from the newspaper's Web site, but it offers some valuable lessons about scrutinizing photos just as much as the articles themselves.

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