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A little good reading for tomorrow

If you’re reading announcements in Canvas, you’ve already learned that Leonard Pitts had to cancel and won’t be coming to class tomorrow. I had scheduled magazine faculty member Ron Stodghill to come on Thursday, and he has graciously agreed to … Continue reading

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Get ready for Leonard Pitts, Jr.

I’m really looking forward to meeting our guest Tuesday morning in class, and you’re going to be stoked, too, when you do a little homework on Leonard Pitts, Jr. He’s in town to accept a Missouri Honor Medal. Here’s what … Continue reading

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Stop scrambling for ‘why,’ and stop calling them ‘shooters’

Another week, another mass shooting in America. In addition to being heartsick, angry and frustrated, I am, as usual, distressed by the way mass shootings are reported in the breaking news cycle. I think of the survivors and the loved … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know is right here (almost)

Some of these you have surely heard before. Some of these may be new. All of these are worth remembering. Thanks to Poynter for putting them together and sharing them at ONA ’17 and with all of us.

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Fun with framing (and fracking)

Scott gave you two stories to read last week about the fracking boom. One, ” Y’all Smell That? That’s the Smell of Money,” was published in Texas Monthly in October 2014. The other, “Fracking Boom Spews Toxic Air Emissions on Texas … Continue reading

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Reporting on free (and sometimes hateful) speech

Let’s pretend for a second that there’s a “church” whose primary mission is disseminating hatred. For example, this “church” believes that the bad things that happen in the United States are God’s just punishment on a depraved country. That God … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Missourian (you’re a reporter, now)!

You’re about to take the plunge into a completely different kind of class. Come to think of it, “class” might not be the best way to describe the experience you’re about to have. You’re about to become a reporter, with lots … Continue reading

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A story about a baseball player, a little girl and a difficult ethical decision

Some ethical decisions are pretty easy: turning down gifts from sources. Tweaking a quote to make it just a little more perfect. Pretending to be someone you’re not to get into a trauma victim’s hospital room (yes, this stuff really … Continue reading

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Recrafting leads

Folks, Apologies for the tardy post, but you’ll recall that on Thursday Katherine asked each of you to pick one of the leads that you’ve written this summer and rewrite it to make it better. You might also want to … Continue reading

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Fun with framing (and fracking)

Scott gave you two stories to read about the fracking boom. One, ” Y’all Smell That? That’s the Smell of Money,” was published in Texas Monthly in October 2014. The other, “Fracking Boom Spews Toxic Air Emissions on Texas Residents,”   was … Continue reading

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