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Coal country, for now

Advice for reporters covering coal as the story “ripples” West

PROVO, UT -- If you're even somewhat informed about coal, you know that it is a big story in Wyoming... More

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Covering LGBT issues in a Mormon state

Advocates and media members gather for a discussion in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY -- Whenever David Andreason sees coverage of LGBT issues in the Utah media, he cringes. From past... More

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Q&A: Nancy Conway, The Salt Lake Tribune

The Trib’s newly-retired editor discusses the paper’s vital presence in its conservative community and what reporters there should cover now

PROVO, UT -- Nancy Conway, the first woman to lead The Salt Lake Tribune newsroom in the paper's 142-year history,... More

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A New Mexico startup goes deep

New Mexico In Depth keeps digging on a state Medicaid scandal. What can other small newsrooms learn from it?

PROVO, UT -- In June, New Mexico's Human Services Department released some news most New Mexicans weren't prepared to hear.... More

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Utah journalism gets a jolt

As The Salt Lake Tribune downsizes, what will happen to accountability reporting in the state?

PROVO, UT -- In 1995, James "Jay" Shelledy, then the editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, started a newsstand and... More

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Colorado politics, covered

The Colorado Statesman—and reporter Peter Marcus—are still on the Hill

PROVO, UT -- When The Washington Post's "The Fix" blog published its annual list of the best state-based political reporters... More

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One tough weekly

At the Rio Grande Sun, hard-charging local journalism is the business plan, and a documentary shows us how it works

PROVO, UT--Each week, in a small northern New Mexico town, there is a scene that connects with the journalism of... More

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High Noon for film incentives

The states are trying to outgun each other to lure movie production—a chance for reporters to analyze the returns on these big investments

PROVO, UT -- When The Lone Ranger opened in theaters, viewers saw John Reid (Armie Hammer) and Tonto (Johnny Depp)... More

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Assignment Desk: Four stories on the Western energy beat

What’s the future of coal? What about water? And is that really a united front?

PROVO, UT -- At a posh resort near Park City last weekend, the chief executives of seven Western states gathered... More

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The fracking story comes closer to home

Tips for covering the energy boom in Colorado and beyond

PROVO, UT -- On Monday, The New York Times wrote about an "unlikely resistance" building in "energy-friendly" Greeley, CO. "As... More

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Accessible scandal coverage in Utah

The Salt Lake Tribune continues to lead on the evolving Utah attorney general scandal—with help from some simple web tools

PROVO, UT -- For several months now, a political scandal has been brewing here involving Utah Attorney General John Swallow,... More

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Q&A: Shaun McKinnon, veteran water reporter

An Arizona Republic reporter and self-described “water geek” on how to cover western water issues

PROVO, UT -- Water issues may not be the sexy beat to which young journalists first aspire, but here in... More

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Four Corners coverage: immigration reform

The Arizona Republic raises issues absent in most of this region’s reporting—but there are opportunities for everyone to do more

PROVO, UT -- Journalists in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah have raised vital policy, political, and accountability issues as... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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