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As climate changes, so does weather news

By Joe Sheller | Guest Editorial One of the biggest stories of the next decade, in local media and everywhere else, will also be one...

Debates help Iowa voters see beyond attack ads

By Joe Sheller / Media Column I am a fan of election year political debates — not because they are all that entertaining, but because...

Five trends reshaping politics & media in 2018

By Joe Sheller / Media Column A half-page advertisement appeared in the Sept. 13 edition of the Mount Mercy University stu­dent newspaper, The Times. It...

Iowa media unify in free press message

By Joe Sheller / Media Column This month more than 300 newspapers across America opined on the same point, taking President Donald Trump to task...

Media unleashes flood of 2008 memories

By Joe Sheller / Guest Column Has it really been 10 years? I recall how eerie downtown Cedar Rapids was just days before the Cedar River...

Graduation 2018: What has changed and what remains the same

By Joe Sheller / Media Columnist On May 20, one of my daughters passed an im­portant personal milestone, receiving her nurs­ing pin in a ceremony...

School walkouts are made-for-media events

By Joe Sheller / Media Column You couldn’t escape reminders of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings in the local news media...

Blum’s choice of metaphor goes too far

By Joe Sheller / Media Column For 50 years, American journalists have been a favorite punching bag of Republicans. And that is fair – being...

Paywalls going up in the Corridor news scene

By Joe Sheller / Media Column “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.” - Donald Trump, June 2015 Fast...

Donald Kaul and ‘Over the Coffee’

By Joe Sheller / Guest Column The year I graduated from Muscatine High School, 1976, a Des Moines journalist had purchased a lemon of a...

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