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Editor's notes archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2014

Favorite books of S-R staffers 

Perusing the variety of lists of favorite books this time of year is a great way to whet your appetite for reading. I asked my newsroom colleagues to list a favorite book or two that they read in 2014. Not all of their choices were...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 8, 2014

S-R front page of 40 years ago

Sept. 8, 1974 was a dramatic day for news in the U.S. Richard Nixon was pardoned by Gerald Ford. Nixon, of course, was the first president ever to resign from office. Oddly enough, it was the same day that Evel Knievel attempted his much anticipated...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 7, 2014

Photographers, correspondents put their lives on the line

Readers may be interested in my Sunday column on photographers and reporters who work overseas, covering conflict and its ramifications. Former Spokesman-Review colleague Holly Pickett shares her views on why their work is so vital to keeping the world informed on what's happening.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 5, 2014

HBO readers respond to comment policy

Colleague Dave Oliveria asked his Huckleberries followers how they feel about our new online comment policy that we launched on Monday. Granted, while the poll he posted is not a scientific one and should be considered as such, the results are interesting. See DFO's item...

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MONDAY, AUG. 4, 2014

Our new commenting system 11 

I have read 301 comments posted in response to my Sunday column about our new commenting system. And the number keeps rising, which I consider a good sign. Reader engagement remains a key ingredient for any newspaper and its website. Many of the comments are...

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MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014

Editors concerned about online comments 

Associated Press Media Editors recently conducted a survey of newspaper and online editors to ask them how they manage public comments on newspaper websites. I am an APME board member and in that role I wrote a story summarizing the survey results for APME. The...

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Huge story in 1976: The U.S. Bicentennial

Thirty-eight years ago, the United States experienced a wave of patriotism as it celebrated the nation's bicentennial. There were countless events and special observances throughout the year of 1976, focusing on our history, momentous events and the iconic individuals involved. Today, in looking at the…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014


City Editor Addy Hatch in India

Addy Hatch has had a lifetime interest in all things India, where she now is and will be for the next two weeks. Addy's traveling with one of her sisters and plans to post on Facebook. I told her I would share her travelogue-in-brief on…

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FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014

Readers criticize our veterans coverage 

Many of us in the Spokesman-Review newsroom receive daily telephone calls and emails from readers about a variety of issues, ranging from late or missed delivery of the morning edition and complaints about specific stories, columns or overall coverage to suggestions for stories and requests…

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TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014


   Ball State journalists close down the year with a faculty-hosted party.

BSU journalists close out the year

My heart is in Muncie, Indiana, tonight, where my colleagues from the BSU at the Games team that covered the Sochi Olympics are gathered for a farewell party. I miss the gang but I want to send a special shout-out to the seniors who will…

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Bruce Reed: a rare breed in Idaho 

Idaho native Bruce Reed, a former aide to two U.S. presidents and a vice-president, was the keynote speaker Monday night for the 17th annual awards banquet sponsored by the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Rights. Reed recalled being in a planning meeting with President…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014


   Marathon runner Ruth Beberman provided this photo of a scarf made by Lorna Doone Brewer (Courtesy photo)

Maker of scarf for runner comes forward

An unusual appeal by a Boston marathon runner worked. Runner Ruth Beberman sent me an email the day before Monday's race and asked if the newspaper could help her find a woman from Spokane named Katie, who she believed created the handmade scarf that Beberman…

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NPR reporter named dean of Montana J-School

The University of Montana has chosen an NPR reporter as the new dean of journalism. Larry Abramson will replace former Spokesman-Review newsroom exec Peggy Kuhr, who was promoted earlier to a vice president's role at the school.

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MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez loved journalism

Gabriel García Marquez was a literary giant known around the world, but in his early days he was a journalist. The University of Texas' Journalism in the Americas blog has this interesting take on the author's regard for journalism: Garcia Marquez began law school in…

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A Washington skier's Afghan adventure

Nick Pontarolo, left, and longtime friend Casey Johnson, who works in Afghanistan, reunited for a unique skiing adventure. Photo provided by Pontarolo. Reporter Jody Lawrence Turner interviewed Nick Pontarolo, a 33-year-old Cheney resident, who spent about $3,000 on travel, visa and accommodations to snow ski…

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MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014

The list of 2014 Pulitzer winners

By The Associated Press The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners: ——— JOURNALISM Public Service: The Guardian US and The Washington Post Breaking News Reporting: The Boston Globe staff Investigative Reporting: Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C. Explanatory Reporting: Eli Saslow of The…

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AP photographer killed in Afghanistan

Associated Press is reporting today that an Afghan police commander opened fire on two AP journalists inside a security forces base in eastern Afghanistan, killing prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon. Niedringhaus, 48, who had covered conflict zones from the Balkans…

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Human trafficking conference at Montana

The University of Montana is bringing in leading experts, government officials and civic leaders from around the world April 15-17 to discuss the prevalence and challenges of human trafficking during the 2014 Mansfield Conference in Missoula. The topic is one that I became interested in…

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