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Closed-government roundup

In Las Vegas, the Convention and Visitors Authority approved a raise and bonus for its president, amounting to about $648,000 a year, prompting the Las Vegas Review-Journal to ask how the precise figures and amounts were arrived at by a subcommittee, since there was no discussion at the meeting. The …

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How to respond to critical readers

By Al Cross Last month I shared the story of a community newspaper editor who showed an effective way to respond to concerns of readers, often not politely expressed, that his newspaper was liberally biased. Brian Hunt of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin is an experienced editor, but an intern at …

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This time, privacy outweighs right to know

By Jim Pumarlo Public records are the foundation for reporting a range of stories important to your readers. Police reports reveal a string of continuing break-ins in a neighborhood. Minutes from a school board committee reveal discussions and eventual recommendation to close an elementary school. Letters sent from a state …

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Rest in peace, Jake Highton

I knew Jake Highton mostly by reputation, and what a reputation it was. The retired journalism professor died Monday at his home of a heart attack, according to this obituary in the Reno Gazette-Journal. He would try most years to attend the Nevada Press Association convention. We’ll find a moment …

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Unquotable politicians

Many politicians, I think you would agree, have a knack for public speaking — or at least have attended enough Toastmasters meetings to be able to deliver a passable speech. There are some, of course, who simply have nothing to say. And there are plenty, especially nowadays, who rely on …

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