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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.

Interview with a hard-working publisher

If you’re in the newspaper business — large daily, small weekly, it doesn’t matter — then you owe it to yourself to read an interview with Publisher Rena Mlodecki in the current issue of California Publisher. She’s the regional publisher for Horizon Publications, owner of the Inyo Register in Bishop …

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Judge closes pre-trial hearing to public and press

A Douglas County judge closed a pre-trial hearing to the public and press in a criminal case involving the death of a 2-year-old child, prompting The Record-Courier to protest. District Judge Tod Young granted a motion from defense attorneys for Trent Getty, who is accused of killing his daughter a …

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Why newspaper endorsements matter

Newspaper endorsements of candidates for president are flying hot and heavy these days, which brings up the inevitable question of whether such endorsements matter. Of course they do. Just not in the way most people think. You can look at polling numbers and try to determine whether people’s minds are …

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Who is invested in the future of newspapers?

By David Chavern President and CEO of Newspaper Association of America If you want to know who still believes in a future for news media, just turn to some of our most respected businessmen: Warren Buffett. Jeff Bezos. John Henry. Glen Taylor. All of them have made significant investments in …

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Polls are the lazy way to cover politics

I just added a polling function to this web site, and now I’m going to write about the uselessness of polls. Yes, they’re fun. They give people something to write about when there isn’t any actual news. Probably in some circumstances, they have a worthwhile function. But political polls? Bunk. …

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Action needed to preserve small-town mail

If Congress does not act quickly to reform the U.S. Postal Service, small-town America can expect a further slow-down of the mail, said Chip Hutcheson, publisher of The Times-Leader in Princeton, KY, when he testified to a U.S. Senate committee Jan. 21. Hutcheson, president of the 130-year-old National Newspaper Association, …

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Welcome to our newest member

Welcome to the newest member of the Nevada Press Association: Elevate Nevada. It’s been publishing since May 2015, with distribution mainly in Clark County, and covers the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in Nevada. In charge are a couple of people familiar to journalism veterans around the state: Guy Bertuzzi, who …

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Advice for the Washoe school board

Updated to restore links, add some clarifications and editing. Here’s a point that seems to keep getting overlooked in the continuing inability of the Washoe County School Board to follow the state’s Open Meeting Law. Even when board members were trying to comply, they got bad advice from their attorneys. …

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