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Your tassel has been turned and you’ve gotten your diploma. Many of you have had the bittersweet moment of putting your last edition of the school newspaper to bed. I’m sure your professors, graduation speakers, parents and mentors have all given you more sage advice than you know what to do with, but somehow you’ve stumbled […]

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Lost in the shuffle of headlines about FBI Director James Comey’s firing is a telling quote from Kellyanne Conway that sheds a frightening light on how the Trump administration views the role of the press. In an interview with CNN‘s Chris Cuomo, Conway dropped the following on viewers: “You want to question the timing of […]

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If you’re a new to journalism and covering a beat that involves government meetings, you may find yourself struggling with how take a rather bland government meeting and turn it into a compelling story. This is a common problem many journalists face, as the material covered in these often sparsely attended meetings is important, but tends to […]

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Facebook has launched a new type of news feed for select users. The new feed is accessible through a “rocket ship” icon in the facebook app on mobile devices. The rocket’s sudden arrival is good news for publishers and may indicate a new willingness by the social network giant to work with media companies. This […]

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The Malheur Enterprise is a small, family-run weekly newspaper serving Malheur County Oregon. Malheur County is the poorest county in Oregon according to U.S. Census results, with 21 percent of its residents living in poverty. The county isn’t even in the same timezone as the rest of the state. Earlier this year, the Enterprise filed […]

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Is it time for newspapers to say goodbye to their opinion sections? I’ve always been a defender of the opinion page for its tradition of unsigned editorials that motivate societal change, and for its ability to create a forum to discuss a wide array of differing viewpoints through columns and letters to the editor. But […]

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Last week, a story broke revealing that Mike Pence used his private AOL email to conduct government business while he was Governor of Indiana. As would be expected with a story of this nature, it became one of the top stories on cable news for a couple of days. For most Americans, that is where […]

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I’ve spent the last few days pondering what to write about Friday’s chapter in the continued saga between the White House and the press. To be honest, I am still baffled by the whole thing, so this post will probably be raw and unpolished. To recap, during his address at CPAC, President Trump reiterated his […]

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In a tweet Friday night, President Donald Trump referred to the media as “the enemy of the American people.” As expected, journalists did not take kindly to this allegation, viewing it as dangerous and unprecedented. Famed White House correspondent Helen Thomas once said “All presidents rail against the press. It goes with the turf,” and […]

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