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A moving story upholds Walter Williams' creed for good journalism

Journalists who witness tragic circumstances over and over can become immune. But Missourian reporter Christine Martinez used the tools of her craft to weave a touching story of a woman and her daughter-in-law struggling to care for two young boys, a rundown trailer and a pile of medical and funeral bills.

You can learn a thing or two from a conversation about Tasers

Having the interim police chief join the community conversation in such a thoughtful way is refreshing to see.

The story behind the story of the Missouri Tigers

The Missourian's article Thursday made sense of the many subplots in MU athletics.

Opinions and rumors -- no matter, both need verification

The Opinion page at the Missourian should require real names behind all opinions and all rumors should be scrutinized.

Changes coming to the Missourian's opinion section

We've revamped our opinion section. Let us know what you think about it, or any of our articles, by commenting on the Web site or e-mailing us at letters@ColumbiaMissourian.com.

Thoughts on basketball, asterisks and other sports

With the recent drop in weekly publishing, the Missourian takes time to beef up on sports reporting and acknowledge even the rarest of topics.

Strike a blow for open government

The two words — open government — don't always go together. Fight for transparency with the new schools superintendent and new police chief.

A voice for Columbia is more quiet now

Jefferson City's move to all-syndicate radio is cause for fear at Columbia's KFRU.

Conversations with journalists can add depth, context to stories

A new project between KBIA and the Missourian, The Beat, allows reporters to better explain daily stories, which isn't always possible on deadline.

Don't worry — we're keeping the comics

The newsroom has had a long week of moving furniture, and many more tough decisions will have to be made by the end of February.

Missourian to pursue how race matters

Mr. Obama is making history as President Obama. His presence also has sparked discussions about race. It still matters. But how has the discussion about race changed over the years? What problems exist today? The Missourian starts a yearlong effort to tell the stories about Columbia.

This was a good week for lively community conversations

Flick a switch and light up a global controversy

Journalists who specialize in climate change issues can connect the dots for citizens — if these specialists can survive the large-scale layoffs in newsrooms.

Love 'em and challenge 'em — that goes for sports fans and journalists

Some people called the MU-Northwestern game on Monday the "Journalism Bowl" because of the long-standing rivalry between the universities' journalism schools. Journalists and fans alike love to expose weaknesses and challenge authority, always asking pointed questions.

Talented journalists provide occasion to cheer

Three young journalists have transformed Adelante into a radio program, and one of them even got the radio program running as a podcast in iTunes. Also, Vox Magazine's Thursday edition on doctors in Columbia created another opportunity to marvel at young journalists.

Anyone with $62 million out there?

With the prospect of a 25 percent reduction in state revenue to the UM System staring us down, it's likely that many Columbia residents — even those not directly affiliated with the university — will feel the impact.

Go ahead, blame the media

It might seem like the media's trying to launch the public into panic mode, and sure, some blame's warranted. Blame the media for the stories that were missed a year ago — even three years ago. But don't blame the media for reflecting today's reality.

Tell us what you think needs to change in 2009

Let's get into some specifics about change and talk about ways to improve our local, state and national communities. I hope you’ll accept this invitation to share your thoughts on change in the coming weeks. Pick the medium you’re most comfortable with and share your thoughts. Maybe it’s through a video diary or a podcast. Maybe it’s through illustration or animation. Or maybe it’s via the good ol’ written word. The important thing is to express it.

A front page suitable for framing

Advertising and circulation revenues continue to decline at newspapers nationwide, and journalists shouldn't feel apologetic when public enthusiasm garners papers a little extra revenue.

I get it: Daniel-Vandiver story didn't fit moment

In making the decision about placement, several editors said they worried about “voter fatigue” – so many heavy stories in such a short span. They underestimated the continuing hunger for hard news, which frankly newspapers haven’t seen from readers for a while now.

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