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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.

Election Day showed the strength of Missourian staff and reporters

The Missourian staff was able to put out a complete and thorough coverage of the election thanks to perserverance. They showed that journalism is still one of the most important functions in our democracy. 

Opinion writing teaches students to write real persuasive commentary

OK.  I admit it.  My journalism students are biased, outspoken and openly opinionated. They'd better be. Mine is the one class in the Missouri School of Journalism where that will earn you an "A".  And for the next few weeks, thousands of people across Missouri get to tally up my grade book.

 

From Hickman High School to YouTube

The scene of a fight at Hickman High School was reported on ColumbiaMissourian.com Friday morning, along with a link to the video. When YouTube removed it, the Missourian and other news organizations in town put the video back up on local news sites. A bunch of questions were asked and answered along the way.

Keeping the candidates — and the Missourian — accurate

Although the Missourian Watchword live debate blog was clunky to use, it provided readers with real-time fact checks, comparing candidates' words with the truth. Now that we've held candidates accountable for the truth, we're launching a "stand-down for accuracy" to keep the Missourian accountable too.

Radio Adelante reaches out to Latino community

After speaking with many people in the Spanish-speaking community, I have learned Radio Adelante is filling a gap by providing news from the perspective of the Latino community, as opposed to that of an outsider looking in. As far as we know, Radio Adelante is the only student-run Spanish-language radio news show in the Midwest.

Purple is this season's red or blue state

There is one place for reds and blues. All 11 of Missouri's electoral votes in 2004 went to Bush. In the Electoral College, to the victor goes the color.

Community Conversation: Let's talk about the next president and our town

I have no doubt that Columbia will be a different place four years after the election. Which candidate is promoting the policies that will leave mid-Missouri residents better off four years from now? 

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