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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? 

Floods, fights constitute strange week in Columbia

In a week filled with Ike floodwaters, a drowning death an a fight that spread across a large swath of downtown, the Missourian helped citizens separate rumor from fact and put events in context.

Duality of affection for the Missourian

Two people with completely different attachments to the Missourian — one of a lifetime, the other of a moment — see something special in this not-so-old publication.

Great journalism alumni from the past foreshadow students’ possible futures

Centennial celebration showscases great students from the past. One panel this week featured four former Missourian reporters who have gone on to win journalism’s highest honor, the Pulitzer prize.

Columbia plays an integral part in the development of great journalists

This week, a number of our graduates who have become editors, won Pulitzers or daily their communities to know themselves better, will be here. You helped teach all of them. You answered their questions — and sometimes refused, which was another important lesson — you filled in missing background, and you challenged them.

Need balance and RNC blogger on short notice? Go to Google

When the Missourian suddenly didn't have bloggers from the RNC, editor Jake Sherlock scrambled to keep the opinion page balanced.

 

 

Missourian is changing, not dying

As rumors swirl of its demise, the record needs to be set straight on just what is going on with the Columbia Missourian.

How would you feel about leaving online condolences in the life stories section?

Columnist Tom Warhover shares his thoughts on the new design of ColumbiaMissourian.com and adds suggestions.

Journalism: a discipline of verification

Anyone can blog a rumor, but a good journalist presents verified information.

Participating, covering the fair two different experiences

The story from the judge's table is different than the story covered by the reporter.

New Missourian site launches; tell us what you think

The new design of our Web site was launched Tuesday night. Help us work out the bugs. Is it working? Are you having trouble viewing a story or video? Please go here to leave a comment, share your ideas for future improvements and see what others have to say.

The Columbia Missourian is updating its interactive Web site

Improved access to advertising, photos, multimedia, stories and blogs are just a few of the improvements being made on ColumbiaMissourian.com.

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