Rip Haywire Offers Snarky Adventure

The Jamestown Sun recently added three new comics to its roster, and as one of them is a serial adventure comic — and we started in the middle of a storyline — I thought I would provide readers with a quick guide to the new comic, Rip Haywire. According to Wikipedia, Rip Haywire is written…
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Writing About Writing (and Religion)

Not to be hopelessly twee or self-referential here, but I’ve noticed a buildup of journalism- and media-related links building up here on my browser, starting with a couple of things about religion reporting. First, Romenesko linked a report that found Americans believe their religion news is too sensationalized. The religion reporting I do, personally, tends…
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Reporters Are Never Realistic On TV

There are a few movies that I am, for the sake of other people’s fragile sanity, no longer permitted to watch. The most notable of these is probably “Shakespeare in Love,” which missed the mark for me for the sole reason that the woman pretending to be a man (pretending to be a woman) who…
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News From–and In–the Oil Patch

The oil boom is affecting newspapers in western North Dakota just as much as it is every other industry, it seems. Three people in the newspaper business had a roundtable discussion Friday morning at the North Dakota Newspaper Association conference, which I attended, and all three of them and the moderator had a lot to…
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Westward! To The Oil Patch!

Tomorrow I’m heading out with a colleague to the modern-day Wild West, filled with oilmen, money and trucks so big they will make you say “That’s no moon!” and back away with horror. I’m going to a newspaper conference, but along with some shiny continuing education-type stuff, there will also be a tour of the…
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