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DEAR READER: Break out the mudbugs and beer. It's SEC time.

Missourian reporters ventured south during the spring to capture the essence of the cities, schools and people of the Southeastern Conference. Look for the package of stories to publish online next week and in print Thursday. It promises to be a good read.

DEAR READER: This press isn't the university's, and this accuracy policy isn't 'quote approval'

In light of recent controversies and confusion, two things should be clarified: The Columbia Missourian print edition has nothing to do with the University of Missouri Press, and Missourian reporters do not give "quote approval" rights to sources.

DEAR READER: High school journalists continue to impress

If the work of the Urban Journalism participants is any indication of the future success of the journalism industry, we all have little to be worried about.

DEAR READER: Sometimes the world of numbers meshes with the world of grammar

Journalists and English majors aren't the only ones who argue pronunciation and grammar. Mathematicians join in the debate on the philosophy of language.

DEAR READER: The American Next delves into the lives of a new generation

The American Next, the product of a collaborative effort by Missouri School of Journalism students, explores the attitudes, ideals and lives of a generation of Americans emerging into adulthood.

DEAR READER: Steer-on-the-loose photo triggers mixed reactions

The news event of the week – a steer running through East Campus – prompted participation from readers, and some negative reactions to a Missourian photo.


DEAR READER: When choosing words, it's always about the reader

When the steer escaped Tuesday, editors were in the "mebby-scales" when deciding the exact word to use for the MU slaughterhouse.


DEAR READER: Lessons from Sports Journalism Institute

This week the Sports Journalism Institute met with young journalists to talk about storytelling and interviewing.

DEAR READER: Reader contributions improve our coverage

The Brookside fire gave Missourian readers the opportunity to be our partners in news creation, providing photos of the fire and edited audio from the dispatch. As a result,  the Missourian's coverage was enhanced.

DEAR READER: In digital age, snapshots of a day in news still available

Executive editor of the Missourian talks about how to preserve editions of newspapers that are only online.

DEAR READER: Superstars, research support premise of Show Me the Errors

A 2009 study found that about 97 percent of factual errors go uncorrected. The Missourian's Show Me the Errors contest attempts to combat that problem.


DEAR READER: A graduation tribute to you

Readers of the Missourian make our work at the School of Journalism worthwhile.

DEAR READER: Your stories make us better

Since 2004, the Missourian has published stories straight from community members on In February, the newspaper took a huge step in bringing those stories to the main website in a new section called From Readers.

DEAR READER: A fond farewell for a retiring Missourian advocate

Brian S. Brooks, who is retiring after 39 years with the Missouri School of Journalism, has long been an advocate for the Missourian. On Friday, he shared inspiring stories from his time at the publication.

DEAR READER: Photos on tablets come closer to print version experience

Most tablet apps still display photos in a "slideshow fashion," but the clarity and sharpness of the photos "exceed the capacity of a press."

DEAR READER: The rewards outweigh the stresses of a reporting career listed reporting as the fifth worst job, but Missourian Executive Editor Tom Warhover says the rewards outweigh the stresses of working in journalism.

DEAR READER: Amid the seriousness, copy editors do know how to laugh — even at their own mistakes

Believe it or not, copy editing can be fun. AP style has never been more stylish.

DEAR READER: So much campaign coverage, so few readers or voters

In the Missourian's attempt to cover of candidates running for open seats on the City Council and School Board the reporting has been balanced and measured. The fairly exhaustive review of the people we’ll choose on Tuesday to lead the schools and the city assumes a baseline level of interest in the civic life of our community.

DEAR READER: Weigh in on solutions for Interstate 70

Interstate 70, the country's oldest interstate, has become largely overused and underfunded. Now, you can join the Public Insight Network to give advice or ideas on how to improve the interstate that so many mid-Missouria residents use on a daily basis.

DEAR READER: Endorse all you like in letters to the editor

As long as it isn't a form letter, the Missourian intends to run all letters to the editor.