Emus Loose in Egnar by Judy Muller
Big Stories from Small Towns

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At a time when mainstream news media are hemorrhaging and doomsayers are predicting the death of journalism, take heart: the First Amendment is alive and well in small towns across America. In Emus Loose in Egnar, award-winning journalist Judy Muller takes the reader on a grassroots tour of rural American newspapers, from an Indian reservation in Montana to the Alaska tundra to Martha’s Vineyard, and discovers that many weeklies are not just surviving, but thriving.
 In these small towns, stories can range from club news to Klan news, from broken treaties to broken hearts, from banned books to escaped emus; they document the births, deaths, crimes, sports, and local shenanigans that might seem to matter only to those who live there. And yet, as this book shows us, these “little” stories create a mosaic of American life that tells us a great deal about who we are—what moves us, angers us, amuses us. Filled with characters both quirky and courageous, the book is a heartening reminder that there is a different kind of “bottom line” in the hearts of journalists who keep churning out good stories, week after week, for the corniest of reasons: that our freedoms depend on it. Not that they would put it that way, necessarily. In the words of one editor in Colorado, “If we found a political official misusing taxpayer funds, we wouldn’t hesitate to nail him to a stump.”
 

About Judy Muller

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Published July 1, 2011 by University of Nebraska Press. 264 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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More often, the news hole is filled by club doings, guest column or the three staples of local reporting for which Muller offers a delightful lesson in decoding the small-town style: school sports, where mythmaking and hyperbole rule, the obituaries, where euphemism reigns, and the police blotter...

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Daniel Akst reviews Judy Muller's "Emus Loose in Egnar: Big Stories from Small
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America's 8,000 weekly newspapers, chronicling local events, are no less essential than their big-city counterparts.

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Ellen Metrick, a former school teacher who moved to Norwood with her husband, an agent with the National Resources Conservation Service, jumped at the chance to be editor even though it pays little and is something of an ‘adjunct’ position.” The reader doesn’t need to know anything about the subj...

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that’s going to be too much for those little dogs.” And, “Caller advised that the batteries in her blood pressure machine are not working and is requesting an officer come over and change them for her.” Where daily papers in bigger conurbations are inquisitive, skeptical and highly impersonal,...

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Bookmarks Magazine

In Emus Loose in Egnar, award-winning journalist Judy Muller takes the reader on a grassroots tour of rural American newspapers, from an Indian reservation in Montana to the Alaska tundra to Martha’s Vineyard, and discovers that many weeklies are not just surviving, but thriving.
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She writes, “This book is about a different kind of bottom line, one that lives in the hearts of weekly newspaper editors and reporters who keep churning out news for the corniest of reasons—the belief that our freedoms depend on it.” Muller spent over a year crisscrossing the country to interv...

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