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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Now this is cool!

Full page ad in the Clinton Daily News. Wow. One of the pleasures of my life is writing a monthly column for The Oklahoma Publisher, the newspaper of the Oklahoma Press Association.www.okpress.com  It's a combination essay on improving journalism and thoughts on journalism, with a monthly critique of Oklahoma newspapers. You can click on the website and search for Publisher and read the archived articles if you wish. This was one of my comments and Clinton Publisher Rod Serfoss picked it up.http://www.clintondailynews.com/

I've been writing this column since 1996, when I took over after the death of my mentor and friend the legendary Dr. Harry Heath Jr. of OSU. As the former owner of the Waurika News-Democrat, http://waurikanewsdemocrat.com/there's a special place in my heart for America's community press...which is in many cases alive and well in spite of what you read about newspapers. I call these newspapers "The Forgotten Press," the title of my doctoral dissertation at OSU.

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