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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.

Anne Pershing remembered at service

Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame member Anne Pershing was remembered at a memorial service in Reno on Thursday as a dedicated and compassionate journalist. Close to 100 people attended the memorial at The Grove for Pershing, a former Nevada Press Association president and board member whose career in newspapers spanned …

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Open-meeting complaints continue to decline

Complaints to the Nevada attorney general of violations of the state’s open-meeting law have continued to decline over the past half-dozen years, according to the attorney who investigates them. Since January 2014, the Attorney General’s Office has averaged 32 complaints a year, according to George Taylor, the senior deputy who …

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The electronic spying threat to freedom of the press

Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, explains in this brief Ted Talk how the federal government uses its electronic surveillance of journalists to crack down on whistleblowers. Timm made this point during a panel discussion last month in Las Vegas, where Patrick File convened a …

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The Reno News & Review’s missing Pulitzer

In journalism, as with other professions, using somebody else’s work and claiming it as your own is a serious ethical violation. We call it plagiarism. People get fired for it. There is also a longstanding practice of using somebody else’s idea and making it your own. Often, you simply give …

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If a site falls on its face, does it make a sound?

Had the numbers been for a newspaper, the critics would have been aghast. Readership fell by 50 percent from 2014. Less than 10 percent of readers from a peak in 2013. Layoffs of 16 people on a 97-person staff. “Print is dead,” they would have announced. “The future is online. …

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