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I recently had an article on ragtime music published in the June/July 2010 issue of Columbia Home & Lifestyle magazine.

I’d love to say that while writing this article I fell in love with ragtime music — but I didn’t. Oh, I tried. I bought several CDs and I can say that I even enjoy some of the tracks. But so far it isn’t music I can’t wait to hear again.

But I loved writing about ragtime, something I attribute to two things: objective journalism and my journalistic focus on real people.

Objective journalism doesn’t always happen, but it means I don’t have to like the persons, places or things I write about. It just means I gather the facts, perspectives, information and talk to sources about the subject and then organize and write it so that it is clear and interesting to readers. Or at least that’s my fervent hope.

My personal focus as a journalist, however, is always on ordinary or real people. When I worked in the Columbia Missourian newsroom we referred to them as “RPs,” or real people. I think most people are not interested in things, they are interested in people. So although I can’t say I’m in love with ragtime music, I am interested in the people involved in ragtime. And I believe readers are, too.

So, if you want to learn a little more about ragtime music, see below or click here to see the entire article in the June/July 2010 Columbia Home & Lifestyle issue or here to read more about the music and John William “Blind” Boone and his contributions to the music.

Celebrate the Music: Ragtime festival CHL June July 2010

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