Vaccines and junk journalism

Good grief. KBZK posted a story yesterday with the following headline: “Experts: childhood vaccines deemed safe.” Was this really news on July 1, 2014? Did we not know this one, simple thing before? Granted, there are anti-vaccination people out there who rely on junk science and exaggerated anecdotes to form their opinions about the safety of vaccines.… Continue reading Vaccines and junk journalism

Debating when to publish public documents

Chronicle crime reporter Whitney Bermes got into a discussion this morning with Missoulian crime reporter Kathryn Haake over documents with stories online. Particularly, Bermes was surprised that the Missoulian published the ticket along with the affidavit in the case of a 46-year-old Butte man accused of driving drunk the wrong way for 20 miles on… Continue reading Debating when to publish public documents

On being late on the Yellowstone quake story

The Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park (Ben Pierce/Chronicle)

This tweet met me when I opened up the Twitter this morning: Today's sign of the newspaper apocalypse: YNP's 4.8 earthquake occurred 24 hrs ago, and still no word from the @bozchron — The Bozeman Magpie (@bozemanmagpie) March 31, 2014 It seems there was an earthquake in Yellowstone over the weekend, the biggest in three… Continue reading On being late on the Yellowstone quake story

NBC Montana reporting non-news from Chicago

A couple days ago, a man named Panson De Oaks wrote to us on Facebook, linking to a video from the TV station WGN in Chicago. The video was a segment on vacation destinations — mostly high-end, expensive ones. Included was a vacation destination in Montana, Paws Up, a “glamping” destination in the Missoula area.… Continue reading NBC Montana reporting non-news from Chicago

Celebrity excitement in the newsroom

A few of the staffers here in the newsroom are crazy about John Mayer, so when I typed “Bozeman” into the search box on social media tracking site Topsy today and these tweets turned up near the top, it elicited plenty of excitement. My friend Kristen with John Mayer & Katy Perry @ the Bozeman… Continue reading Celebrity excitement in the newsroom

Montana expands inmate notifications for victims

The notification system used by the Montana Department of Corrections to let victims know about changes to an inmate’s status or location has received some upgrades, the department said Thursday. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday system, or VINE, has added text messaging and an iOS and Android app to the telephone, email and TTY… Continue reading Montana expands inmate notifications for victims

The worthlessness of “digging deeper”

One morning. I stayed off Twitter for a one morning, and this is what happens? Hilarious selfie video RT @LaurenNBCMT Did some court doc reading and note-taking (as you see in the video) on the plan that Kevin Briggs… — Ted Sullivan (@TedJSullivan) February 11, 2014 The Chronicle’s Assistant Managing Editor Ted Sullivan tweeted his… Continue reading The worthlessness of “digging deeper”

Missoula robberies spark #UMlockdown hashtag

If you were following the state news at all yesterday on Twitter, then you probably already know about the hashtag #UMlockdown which manifested around the tense situation in Missoula on Thursday morning. A couple of businesses were robbed by an armed man who was then on the loose in the campus area. UM went into… Continue reading Missoula robberies spark #UMlockdown hashtag

The mystery of the disappearing KTVM story

Cops and courts reporter Whitney Bermes pointed out this interesting disappearing-story mystery today. Whitney received a phone call today from VOICE Center Director Alanna Sherstad and Assistant Managing Editor Ted Sullivan got one from Bozeman police Chief Ron Price. Both callers wanted to talk about a story detailing the affidavit for Kevin A. Briggs. Briggs… Continue reading The mystery of the disappearing KTVM story

Department of Labor and Industry launches new website

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry announced Monday the launch of its new department Web page at dli.mt.gov. In a written statement, the department said the new site will “improve functionality and customer service for Montana workers, employers, contractors and taxpayers.” The site was designed and built in-house and is responsive. The redesign is… Continue reading Department of Labor and Industry launches new website