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The death of newspaper reporters and editors

For a number of years, I was a newspaper reporter. I started as a sportswriter and moved through the “cops and courts” beat and eventually became a political reporter, covering the legislature, local government and elections. I enjoyed the job because every day was different and you got to experience and learn about a lot […]

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How we spend our time

There’s a new map floating around the web based on a survey several years ago on the average number of hours spent reading each week in 30 countries. It probably won’t shock a lot of people to learn that the U.S. is in the fourth of five tiers on the map.

According to something […]

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A proselytizing paper

For quite a while now, I’ve been meaning to write about how dismayed I am by what passes for a local newspaper these days. Given my age, a variety of things irk me. But one that had been lurking in the background became fairly apparent last week. What I noticed and believe would be borne […]

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The reporter’s privilege and South Dakota

Now that Judge Vince Foley has recognized a Republican blogger as a journalist in the “robocall” criminal trial , there’s plenty in the news and the blogosphere about South Dakota not having “shield laws.” Such laws protect journalists from unilaterally being required to divulge their confidential sources. While South Dakota has no such law, the […]

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Emotion rules over reason in Rolling Stone controversy

Sadly, my post yesterday about the number of Americans who think the First Amendment goes too far in protecting freedom was all too timely. We now have people across the country throwing conniption fits over the cover photo Rolling Stone used for its story on accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Evidently some people believe […]

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What media outlets influence the Northern Plains?

We in flyover country tend to be viewed as a homogeneous blob. But anyone who’s looked at the differences between Minnesota, say, and South Dakota — hell, between East River and West River South Dakota — knows that isn’t the case.

Still, the diversity in a media map created by Forbes magazine which shows, by […]

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