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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.

Get the facts on public notices

By Richard Karpel In a recent article in Columbia Journalism Review, Liena Zagare and Ben Smith argue that local governments should move public notice and other civic advertising from newspapers to local-news websites like their own BKLYNER. To buttress their case, they claim that a newspaper in their borough, the …

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Governor’s veto preserves openness of PERS records

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In Gov. Brian Sandoval’s explanation of why he vetoed SB384, which would have specified some open records for the Public Employees Retirement System while closing others, he accurately hit on key points we had argued in our opposition to the bill. “SB384 has merit,” the governor wrote. “Protecting public employees …

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Legislature stumbles headlong toward finish line

With just three days to go, the 2017 legislative session has reached the critical stage where most of the work is done, but major pieces of legislation still hang in the balance and the specter of a special session hung over the building on Thursday when a budget deal fell …

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Finding dollars beyond the obituaries.

By Peter Wagner Newspapers can generate additional exceptional advertising revenue with a special section estate and funeral planning guide. When we first started considering such a section we wrongly gave it the working title “Death and Dying”. While that title clearly defined the purpose and direction of the project, we quickly realized the …

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New Voices allows students to be heard

By Steve Ranson New Voices emerged to counteract a Supreme Court decision in the 1980s involving the Hazelwood School District v. Khulmeier. Essentially, this ruling allowed educators to censor student-written articles, stop newspapers from being distributed to the student body and retaliate against journalism advisers who dared promote reasonable free …

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Nevada Digital Newspaper Project continues

The Nevada Digital Newspaper Project, a project of Nevada’s universities and the state library to add 100,000 pages of historic Nevada newspapers to the digital archives, is moving ahead with several ghost-town papers this year. Already, several Carson City newspapers — Daily Appeal, Daily State Register, Morning Appeal — as …

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Distinguishing ourselves and building confidence and trust in a world of fake news and alternative facts

By Al Cross Last month’s column was a warning that the attack on journalism by certain actors on the public stage is having an effect on community newspapers, and that social media are driving readers to spend more time with national news than with local news. How can community papers …

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The ABCs of selling print advertising

Start with the letter E! By Peter W. Wagner Founder and publisher of The N’West Iowa REVIEW The challenge of selling newspaper, shopper and magazine ads can turn into an exasperating experience. There are moments when everything and everyone seems to be working against you. You hit the street early, …

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