Monthly Archives: September 2012

An expression of gratitude in a farewell to newspapering

Just in case you’re out of touch with that feeling of gratitude we often have (or should have) in journalism for having a front seat as history is being made, hearing people’s stories, discovering the important truths: a longtime reporter … Continue reading

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Write to be read

Do I have your attention? Good. Why am I writing like this? I want you to stay here. I don’t want your mind to wander to Facebook or ESPN or whatever. So I will: write short sentences use lots of … Continue reading

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Are you a search pro?

How good are you at finding reliable information quickly? A recent study at Illinois Wesleyan University found that the majority of college students can’t perform a “reasonably well-executed search” of the Web, according to Mashable. So it’s nice that Mashable … Continue reading

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Five words and two numbers: a 9/11 story

We talked in class today about the challenge we sometimes face as reporters of telling old stories in new ways. One of those kinds of stories is the “anniversary story.” I hereby submit that there isn’t a reader on the … Continue reading

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When the frame doesn’t fit

This morning in budget, we talked about the framing of an AP story in the Missourian about a study that showed that organic foods aren’t necessarily healthier than non-organic. Readers (I was one of them) responded to the framing of … Continue reading

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Ask a smart question, get a good answer

I’ve been thinking about questions a lot lately and noticing how frequently people don’t answer the question they’ve been asked. The question zigs, and the answer zags. The crazy thing is that we as journalists sometimes write down the answer … Continue reading

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