Tennessee newspaper deals with Mosque issues

American citizens find themselves struggling to come to grips with an argument over religion, especially in terms of Islam. A plan to build a mosque near ground zero ignited a conflict that has reached mosques across the country. In Kentucky, mosque issues have occurred across the state. http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2010309070101 But it’s not just happening in Kentucky. Murfreesboro Tennessee has been in the political spotlight for months because some citizens are protesting plans to build a new mosque on the outskirts of town. The Murfreesboro Daily News-Journal has been covering the issue.

A New Perspective

I know a journalist freshly graduated from a midwestern University who, in these times of a somewhat floundering media world, eagerly accepted a position as a reporter at a small five-day weekly paper in Missouri.

Mosque controversies continue

A proposed site for a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., was vandalized last week, another case of religious intolerance as the debate over the ground zero mosque continues.

Some stories deserve to be covered every year

If you’ve ever strapped on shoulder pads and fastened up a helmet, this is a special time. High school football practices are gearing up across the nation and the media is pulling out all the familiar heart-string pulling methods to remind all of us too old to play but young enough to remember this time of year. This year the memories start by listening to country music radio stations.

Covering religious freedom

It amazes me that a country founded on religious freedom has such a hard time embracing that freedom. But how else do you explain the controversy over the New York World Trade Center mosque?

What to write while the Blagovevich jury decides

Still no word on the Blagojevich trial. Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich still sits in limbo as the jury decides his fate on corruption charges and the media still has stories to write about the case. It may have quieted somewhat, but those on the beat must find something to write about every day.

New hyperlocal link should be followed

Ask a dozen journalists for a working definition of hyperlocal and you might get nine different responses. For some, hyperlocal journalism has been around for years. It’s nothing more than making sure that journalism is local and concentrates on the news surrounding a particular community. For some, hyperlocal means more than just covering the local …

The Tribune Company bankruptcy case

How important are headlines? How often do newspapers frame stories to put a different light on the same event? Look at how two Chicago newspapers handled the same story, court examiner Kenneth Klee’s findings in the Tribune Company Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and the leveraged buyout of 2007.

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