Up in Virginia City, a greenhorn reporter named Mark Twain mastered the fine art that he called “Missouri Journalism”. Publishing compelling stories is the primary goal of the Missouri style journalist, not truth, accuracy, or fairness. He even claimed that his own compadres bushwhacked him once so he’d have material for a story. Twain was making good money printing rousing yarns, but it did catch up to him. Some folks say he had to duck out of one duel too many as angry townsfolk were trying to get retractions at gunpoint. Others say things got out of hand with the story about the giant frogs that just about tore up Calaveras County after he’d published it. Either way, Twain skedaddled back East where making up yarns is the work of novelists, not newsmen.
Salsipuedes is the home to two newspapers — the Salsipuedes Miners’ Advertiser and the Yucca Clarion. Both papers are locked in a no-holds-barred battle for readership and will pay a pretty penny for well-written stories. (A quarter penny per word, most likely in circulated condition to be exact. $5 for sketches and $10 and up for photographs.) Furthermore, they’re not so picky about checking their facts. If you want to submit an article to either the Advertiser or Clarion, write up a wiki page and tag it with the name of the paper you’re submitting it to. (This is a newspaper war after all. Folks will want to know which side you’re on.)
Cowpokes are not limited to writing articles about their own adventures. Though real amusing, dangerous, or devious plots might just come back to haunt you.