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Dear Reader

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.

Big news comes in small packages with the neighborhood newsletter project

Missourian's Neighborhood Newsletters has been fairly successful so far — e-mail newsletters are now delivered to 10 neighborhoods, and almost 1,000 people have subscribed.

For jailing journalists, Cuba is the little island that can

U.S. media take no notice as the director of an independent Cuban news agency is sent to prison for three years and the Comittee to Protect Journalists reports that 22 journalists are in prison on the island.

The Dennis Skillicorn execution: Why it was front page news

State-sanctioned executions are the government's ultimate expression of power, and therefore newspapers bear the responsibility of shining a light on the event.

Tea bags and dirt bags: Giving voice to the tea party protests

Stuart Carlson's editorial cartoon on tea parties was published not as an endorsement by the Missourian, but because it was a reflection of how some members of the media reacted to the protesters.

Columbia Tomorrow creates a 'living story' on growth and development

Columbia Tomorrow, a site about development in Columbia, was developed to keep residents in the know about decisions that affect the way we live in mid-Missouri.

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