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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.

New Voices bill passes its first test

At the end of the day, Senate Bill 420, which is the Nevada version of New Voices legislation, was recommended for approval on Thursday by the Senate Committee on Education, the first step toward giving more protection to the rights of student journalists. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Nicole …

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Investigative stories from Las Vegas and Reno

The Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Reno Gazette-Journal are showing their investigative skills with a pair of eye-opening series this week. The Review-Journal on Sunday — highlighting a new design for the paper and web site — dug into some over-the-top spending of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau. …

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Are printed papers going the way of Sears and Macy’s?

There are commonalities and that could be a good thing Peter W, Wagner, Founder, The N’West Iowa REVIEW The March edition of FORTUNE magazine forecasts a difficult future for America’s department stores. From total sales of $230 billion in the 1990s. the figure dropped to $155 billion last year. “But …

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Newspaper Day: Tours and a talk with the governor

Newspaper Day at the Capital brought perfect spring weather, a long talk with the governor, a chance to act like a fourth-grader again and, finally, the party that threatened to go all night — but didn’t. A small group was led on tours through the Legislative Building and Capitol on …

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If open government bothers you, don’t apply

One of the finalists for the Reno city manager job was “vocally critical” of Nevada’s open process for hiring, according to coverage in the Reno Gazette-Journal. That, in itself, isn’t too surprising. Several times over the last few years, Nevada local governments have made attempts to water down the hiring …

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Is it fine to be finicky?

By Jim Stasiowski If I call you “a meticulous journalist,” will you smile or slug me? To me, “meticulous” means extremely careful, being certain each step is researched and considered thoroughly. Meticulous reporters and editors deserve raises. The Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition, recognized by the Associated Press …

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First public-notice bill is heard

The first public-notice bill to be heard in the 2017 legislative session came up Monday — on short notice, interestingly enough — in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Bill 10 is proposed by the state Treasurer’s Office to change how unclaimed property is listed in newspapers around the state. I …

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