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Amy Simons

AMY SIMONS teaches multi-platform reporting and editing to students in the convergence journalism interest area.

Since joining the faculty in August 2010, Simons has developed an interested in international journalism, training professionals on campus and abroad. She has traveled across China and the European Union, teaching Web-first workflows, mobile journalism techniques and how to use social media as a reporting tool and a means to disseminate journalistic content.

Simons serves as the adviser to ONA Mizzou, the local club of the Online News Association and as a mentor in the school’s student competitions.

Previously Simons worked as digital news editor for the Chicago Tribune, where she helped develop and execute the editorial programming strategy for While at the Tribune, Simons worked closely with the newsrooms of WGN-TV, CLTV News and WGN-AM to coordinate the coverage of daily and planned news events. Before joining the Chicago Tribune, she spent seven years at CLTV News, Tribune’s 24-hour news channel covering Chicago and the suburbs. Simons worked her way up through the ranks, joining the newsroom as the assignment desk assistant and leaving as an executive producer. At CLTV, she produced the award-winning business magazine show, Your Money, and was responsible for all of the station’s election coverage. Simons is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.


Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
4:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Views of the News: Franken's fight against Comcast, Time-Warner

Sen. Al Frankin (D-Minn.)
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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is the leading voice in Congress, urging colleagues to say no to the proposed merger between Comcast and Time-Warner.

If allowed, the merger will combine the nation's number one and number two cable and internet providers -- something that Franken says is bad for consumers and bad for America.

Ashley Parker, New York Times: “Franken’s campaign against Comcast is no joke

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
7:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Views of the News: Keeping reporters safe on the job

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Last week, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot and killed while on assignment in Afghanistan.  She was traveling with a convoy of election workers ahead of the presidential election when an Afgan police officer open fire on Niedringhaus and her reporter.

Afghanistan is a war zone.

Houston, Texas isn't.

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
5:37 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Views of the News: What the #$%^?

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When is it appropriate for a journalist to change a word in a direct quote?  Is it okay to edit for clarity? Or when someone uses profanity?  What defines profanity today?

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
9:27 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Views of the News: What happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370?

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What happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370?  All we know for sure is that it left Kuala Lampur on Friday, March 8 and never made it to its destination, the Beijing Capital International airport.  It's a mystery leaving millions around the globe scratching their heads.  The American media is reporting every small detail -- many of them theories and rumors. 

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
5:51 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Views of the News: Obamacare: Funny or Die?


President Barack Obama appeared on Between Two Ferns, an Internet program hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis on  The two exchanged barbs before getting into a discussion about registering the March 31, 2014 deadline for registering for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
8:58 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Views of the News: Social media milestone at the Oscars

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At nearly three and a half hours, this year's Academy Awards telecast didn't set any records for length.  But, it did set a social media milestone, when more than 3,000,000 Twitter users retweeted this selfie featuring host Ellen DeGeneres and several other Hollywood stars.

David Bauder, AP: “Ellen’s Oscar celeb selfie a landmark media moment

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
5:51 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Views of the News: Remembering Lt. Bruce Britt, inspecting MU buildings

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Lt. Bruce Britt is only the second member of the Columbia Fire Department to die in the line of duty.  Britt succumbed to injuries sustained early Saturday morning while responding to a structural collapse at University Village apartments.  The complex is run my MU's Department of Residential Life.

And, as a community prepares to say goodbye, the university is trying to determine what caused a concrete walkway to collapse -- and is working to prevent another incident.    

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
6:18 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Views of the News: Westboro Baptist Church, 'Stand With Sam' or neither?

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Hundreds of Michael Sam supporters lined Stadium Blvd. and Providence Road in Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 15, blocking out a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church.

Sam, a former MU football player and NFL prospect, made international headlines last week when he came out as gay.

Members of the Topeka, Kan.-based church said they would return to Columbia to protest Sam's coming out and the MU community's support of him.  They were last here protesting the funeral of Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt in July 2012.

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
9:19 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Views of the News: Michael Sam's coming out story makes headlines

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Former MU defensive lineman Michael Sam told his teammates he was gay during a team building exercise late last summer.  On Sunday, he told the rest of the world, with the help of the New York Times and ESPN. 

John Branch, New York Times: “NFL prospect Michael Sam proudly says what teammates knew: He’s gay

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
2:48 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Views of the News: Barbara Walters defends Woody Allen on 'The View'

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Sunday, the New York Times published an open letter written by Dylan Farrow, the daughter of actress Mia Farrow.  In it, Dylan offers a detailed account of sexual abuse she says she endured at the hands of her stepfather -- legendary actor, director and producer Woody Allen.

These allegations first came to light more than 20 years ago.  Since then Allen has ended his longtime relationship with Mia Farrow and married Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi.  That relationship began when Soon-Yi was in her late teens.

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
6:17 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Views of the News: ESPN's exposé on Menu Courey tragedy

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According to an ESPN investigation, in February 2010, former MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey went home with a former football player after a night of drinking and had consensual sex. Months later she told a rape crisis counselor and wrote in a journal that after the man left, another football player entered the room, locked the door and raped her.

Courey made the decision not to report the alleged attack to law enforcement, but continued counseling on campus.

In 2011, Courey killed herself.

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
4:39 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Views of the News: Lockdown at Kirkwood High School

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School safety is an important issue. How we cover it is important, too.  Last week, a suburban St. Louis high school was put on lockdown after a reporter from KSDK-TV entered the building unannounced.  He entered through an unlocked door, asked for directions to the school office and asked to speak with a security officer.  When one wasn't available, he left his name and phone number and walked out.  An hour later, the school was put on lockdown -- and the community went into a panic.

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
10:53 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Views of the News: Tweeting terminal illness: Educational or TMI?

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That's the question Emma G. Keller asked in a blog post published on The Guardian's website last week.  The piece centered on Lisa Adams, a woman with stage four breast cancer who is blogging and tweeting about her fight -- sometimes dozens of time per hour. 

A few days later, Keller's husband, Bill Keller wrote a column in the New York Times comparing Adams' decision to aggressively fight her disease to his father-in-law's more palliative treatment plan.

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
11:42 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Views of the News: Thawing after the polar vortex

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We're already seeing a rise in air temperatures after this week's deep freeze.  How well did the local and national media cover the weather event? 

Stu Ostro, Jon Erdman, Nick Wiltgen, The Weather Channel: "Deep Freeze: Was the polar vortex really the cause"

Jordan Herr, KOMU: "Bitter cold brings danger of frostbite"

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7:54 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Views of the News: Columbia-based Newsy goes to E.W. Scripps for $35 million

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E.W. Scripps announced Tuesday it has acquiring Columbia-based Newsy for $35 million.  Newsy is best known for its short online videos that aggregate news from multiple sources.  The five-year-old company has 35 full-time employees.  It has had a relationship with the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the MU School of Journalism since relocating to Columbia in 2008.

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