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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.

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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How to play up your public notices

The Georgetown, Ky., News-Graphic has important, well-read content nobody else has — its local public notices. So, why not draw as much attention as possible to what otherwise may seem like dull, government-required boilerplate? Take a look: “Under our state law,” notes Kentucky Press Association director David Thompson, “the newspaper …

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UNLV student paper getting a new name

It’s no longer the Rebel Yell. The student newspaper at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will become The Scarlet & Grey Free Press, according to the newspaper’s editor. Stories in the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review-Journal note there had been calls from within the newspaper and …

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Winnemucca Publishing has new general manager

Matt Dierlam has taken over as general manager for Winnemucca Publishing, replacing Holly Rudy-James, who retired after serving in that job for the past 14 years. Dierlam most recently worked in sales and marketing for Alaska Direct Media and, prior to that, was general manager for Alaska Media LLC, according …

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