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Wabuska Mangler

The Wabuska Mangler was the name given to a mythical newspaper in 1889 by Sam Davis, then editor of the Nevada Appeal. Davis would make up controversial news stories and opinions, then attribute them to the Mangler. Wabuska is a small community in Lyon County east of Carson City.

Since 2006, the Wabuska Mangler has been the name of a blog hosted by the Nevada Press Association and written by Barry Smith, director of  the Association.

The astonishing response to AP’s request for records

Nevada Legislative Building

Here’s my quote in the Associated Press story about the Legislature’s response to a request for some records: “I’m appalled by the breadth of the arrogance in this response.” I told reporter Michelle Rindels quite a bit more, too (which I’ll get to later), but I think this pretty well …

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Discussions begin on revisions to Open Meeting Law

open access

Only 11 months until the next session of the Nevada Legislature, which brings the stirrings of newly hatched ideas for legislation. One of the signs of the season was the first presentation to the directors of state agencies on what they should anticipate for their budgets — flat or a …

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Sunshine in Government: Pass the Freedom of Information reforms

A coalition of media groups today urged every U.S. Senator to support legislation that establishes a presumption of openness in law, encourages agencies to use public-friendly technology, and makes other changes to the way agencies respond to requests for information from the public. The Sunshine in Government Initiative (SGI) sent …

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Las Vegas Review-Journal rejoining Associated Press

It looks like new Las Vegas Review-Journal editor Keith Moyer can cross off one of the items on his to-do list: restoring the Associated Press, after a cost-cutting absence of more than a year. A tweet from AP reporter Michelle Rindels in Las Vegas says the match has been re-made. …

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Enact common-sense drone rules

By Mickey H. Osterreicher, Esq. National Press Photographers Association Amidst all the hysterical reports that the sky is falling or it’s literally raining drones, Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis recently introduced a thoughtful Micro Drone amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Act. The amendment would create a new “Micro UAS Classification” of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, …

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Private entities providing public services

open records

It’s right there in the fourth sentence of Nevada’s open-records statute. “The use of private entities in the provision of public services must not deprive members of the public access to inspect and copy books and records relating to the provision of those services.” I always have to go back …

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Sunshine Week March 13-19

Sunshine Week

The best disinfectant. Let’s give credit where credit is due, as this is all about newspapers and journalism, where attribution is everything. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote it: “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; …

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