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Democracy needs a free press

By the CBJ Editorial Board Journalism has never been an easy or popular pursuit, but it can feel especially tough these days. Fewer journalists are...

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...

KGAN offers window into Sinclair strategy

By Joe Sheller / Guest Column Back in July, comedian and media commenta­tor John Oliver ran a segment on his HBO show, “Last Week Tonight”...

KGAN offers window into Sinclair strategy

By Joe Sheller / Guest Column Back in July, comedian and media commenta­tor John Oliver ran a segment on his HBO show, “Last Week Tonight”...

How the blogosphere spawned a popular series

By Joe Sheller / Guest Column The 2017 Fall Faculty Series is underway at Mount Mercy University, and it has generated lo­cal media buzz. There...

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