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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.

PERS again told to turn over records

open records

Nevada’s Public Employee Retirement System has again lost in its attempts to hide information about government pensions from the public. This time, it was Nevada Policy Research Institute that sued to find out how much former Nevada employees were being paid from the retirement fund. The Reno Gazette-Journal had already …

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Covering the Trump presidency

The Nevada Press Association joined the Society of Professional Journalists and 60-some other journalism organizations on Wednesday in a letter to President-elect Trump asking to talk about some basic access and First Amendment issues. Here’s the gist: The coalition sent a letter  to Trump and Mike Pence, asking for a …

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Best practices for public notice

The newspaper industry has had a lot of success protecting public notice in the state legislatures, but collectively we’re on the defensive. Our opponents are more motivated than ever and increasingly sophisticated in their arguments. Every newspaper must play a role in this fight. This session will focus on the …

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Independent gets ready to launch

The Nevada Independent gets ready to launch tomorrow morning, with a stable of recognized names in Nevada journalism and what its founder says is $2 million in foundation funds to support its nontraditional organization, according to an article today in the New York Times. Jon Ralston, who has worked for …

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Some journalistic advice from 140 years back

Journalism in Nevada, as I’ve noted before, is famous for its tall tales and make-believe stories — the stuff popularly being called ‘fake news’ these days. It might seem counterintuitive, then, to suggest there are a couple of lessons to be learned from the man who taught Nevada’s Comstock journalists …

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Entries sought for Golden Quill award

The International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE) is accepting entries for the 57th annual Golden Quill editorial writing contest. All newspapers of less than daily frequency (published fewer than five days per week) are qualified to enter. Entries must have been published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. …

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New Jersey’s attempt to punish newspapers.

Here’s the full story of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s attempt to exact revenge on the newspaper industry for negative press coverage. This report is from Public Notice Resource Center, an industry group that focuses on helping keeping public notices in print. The Nevada Press Association is a member, and …

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Running against the press

By Jim Stasiowski Years ago, I learned a painful lesson watching Donald Trump. No, not the one who is our president-elect; the candidate whose coverage I witnessed was running for county commissioner, and although he lost, he was Trump-like: loud, uninhibited, angry and loose with facts and accusations. He also …

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