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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.

DEAR READER: Dictionaries help us understand outside world

Sixty-two corrections were submitted to the Show Me the Errors contest last month, giving us insight into the most common mistakes we make on the website.

DEAR READER: Meet the new members of the Readers Board

Twelve community members met Tuesday evening at the first meeting of the Missourian's new Readers Board.

DEAR READER: Foreign correspondent Marie Colvin bore witness to tragedy in the making

Foreign correspondents are "our eyes and ears" in dangerous situations, providing us with "the kind of detail that only an eyewitness could provide."

DEAR READER: New dictionary sparks memories about words; Jim Terry tops entries in Show Me the Error contest

Like Prometheus bringing light to the mortals, words bring understanding to our world. And, there's nothing like a new dictionary to help us use words in the best possible way.

DEAR READER: MyMissourian becomes a new section called 'From Readers'

This week, the stories, recipes and photos that used to appear on MyMissourian will now appear with the rest of the news in the Columbia Missourian under the heading "From Readers."

DEAR READER: Free food! A new Readers Board is forming

If you have ideas about how to improve the Missourian, consider joining the new Readers Board. It will meet four times in the spring.

DEAR READER: No passing grade for MU budget

As important as MU is to Columbia, its funding from the state is decreasing. It is time for the Missourian to step up its coverage to help the entire community understand this complex situation.

DEAR READER: Life stories and family obituaries can be found in one place

Columbia Missourian is beginning the merger between and, of which the family obituaries are the first of "from readers" content to make the switch to Missourian proper.

DEAR READER: We're tweaking our comment policy, with clarity in mind

Complain about online comments all you want, but they can lead to richer reporting and better community conversation.

DEAR READER: Getting it right seems to be a universal desire

Websites and blogs about grammar and language make the world of editing a collegial enterprise.

DEAR READER: Cicadas are back! It's the top stories of 2011

The Missourian’s most-read list is based on use, not opinion, that is by the number of readers who clicked on the online version of the articles at

DEAR READER: Of floods, perseverance and the Pinhook story

The story of a village flooded by the levee breach at Birds Point captures the human condition in so many ways. Ultimately, it's a story of perseverance and hope.

DEAR READER: Collaborative spirit reigns in journalism world

Four MU students — Kip Hill, Laura Kebede, Will Guldin and Charles Minshew — were selected as winners of Dow Jones News Fund Editing Internships last week.

DEAR READER: It's my right to tweet what I want

The "Free to Tweet" contest, sponsored by 1 for All, encourages students to celebrate free expression. The contest helps promote the First Amendment and the free flow of ideas.

DEAR READER: Papa's got a brand new Vox (app)

Vox 5 gives users a sampling of various things going on in Columbia each weekend. The Missourian has also gone mobile, with a new site that makes reading on your smartphone easier.

DEAR READER: Results are in for the Missourian's comment moderation survey

The results from Saturday's comment moderation questionnaire are in. Many responders think the comments section is overwhelmingly negative, and that discourages them from participating. 

DEAR READER: How should the Missourian moderate online conversations?

Take a few minutes to let us know what kind of conversation meets your personal standards.

DEAR READER: New Missourian commenting procedure hopes to remove spam

First-time commenters will have posts reviewed by Missourian staff to help reduce spam on the website.

Show Me the Errors contest changes its rules

Instead of rewarding the participant with the most errors found, all participants' names will be entered in a drawing, one chance per correction. Part of the prize is changing, too.