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Journalism Suffers Because Media Owned by Capitalists

Muncie, Indiana NEWS– While our first blog postings were about politics and wellness, our media start-up in Middletown, USA, quickly became a research project on journalism in Indiana and across the United States. All the latest polls shows we have lost trust in media, and journalists are abandoning the major publishers and venturing out on their […]

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Culture Government

Notre Dame Journalist Says IndyStar Lacks Moral Compass

MUNCIE, Indiana BLOG – It’s rare we get to read an article containing muckraking against Gannett by a former employee, yet still a journalist with a reputable organization. If you want to maintain a job within your profession, it’s best if you don’t bash one of the largest publishers in the country. However, when you […]

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Education

Indiana Education Reform Developed in Boardrooms

Rich Hoosiers Meddling in Indiana Education Reform By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana (BLOG)– There will be a march today in the Statehouse Atrium at 2:00 pm to protest the handling of democratically elected Superintendent of Public Education, Glenda Ritz. It’s mainly to protest the stripping of her powers by Governor Mike Pence and the Republican-led […]

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Government

Gannett Upset Over Pence’s State Run News Service

Muncie, Indiana NEWS – It’s not every day we get to look upon our friends at Gannett News media to publish a piece which helps prove our point, but today was one of those days. Governor Mike Pence’s communication’s office let slip that they are starting a state-run news service, funded by taxpayers, called “JustIN”. […]

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Government

ALEC, Gannett, Pence & Kochs: Partners in Deceiving Hoosiers?

MUNCIE, Indiana – While writing this article yesterday and watching the World Cup match between Netherlands vs. Costa Rica, I kept getting flashbacks from the greatest con movie ever made – The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It’s a classic. The con artists run an elaborate scheme on a bad guy and take […]

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Government

Gov. Mike Pence Continues His Attack on Poorest Hoosiers

MUNCIE, IN – Two right-wing giants in Indiana have let down Hoosiers once again: Governor Mike Pence for his continued attack on the poorest Hoosiers and the Gannett owned Indy Star for allowing him to do it without any prodding. The Indy Star’s Maureen Groppe, Gannett Washington Bureau, printed a public relations piece for Pence […]

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Education

Indiana Education Reform: Why All the Dysfunction?

MUNCIE, INDIANA (news) – We’ve experienced lots of excitement in Muncie with our bus referendum and school consolidation issues. At the state level, Indiana education reform is offering plenty of headlines, but only a few of us know why. For those of you living in the county who think you’re immune to all the challenges, […]

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Culture

Gannett Has Done Hoosiers No Favors With Their Bias

Before I launch into the meat of this article, please allow me the opportunity to review why I began Muncie and Middletown Voice in the land of Gannett several years ago. A concept I learned along the way is “making informed decisions”. This concept was later transformed while seeking my graduate degree in organizational leadership […]