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.

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You’d never say that to someone’s face, so why do people think it’s okay to tweet vile threats to journalists? On this week’s show, we’ll look at the #MoreThanMean campaign and how two female sports journalists hope to change the narrative.

Juliet Macur, New York Times: “Social media, where sports fans congregate and misogyny runs amok

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After years of shedding debt, what prompted Gannett to make a hostile bid for Tribune Publishing? We’ll look at the $815 million deal, what it might mean for news consumers and why the Tribune executives are fighting it.

Roger Yu, USA Today: “Gannett offers $815 million to buy Tribune Publishing

What will our newspapers look like one year from now, if Donald Trump is elected president? That was what editors at the Boston Globe wanted readers to see when they published a “fake” front page Sunday. Was it effective?

Hadas Gold, POLITICO: “Boston Globe to publish fake front page on Trump presidency

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More than 400 journalists from around the world collaborate, spending a year combing through 11 million documents. At the end, a detailed report that connects how a law firm in Panama could be behind hundreds of shell companies funding illegal activity around the globe. We’ll talk about the lasting impact that may come from the Panama Papers.

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Missouri School of Journalism students found themselves in the center of the Brussels terror attacks early this morning. We’ll talk about the challenge of reporting during traumatic events.

Jenna Middaugh, KOMU-TV: "16 Students, 1 MU professor safe in Brussels amid terror attacks"

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It was a big weekend for the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the True/False Film Festival. “Concerned Student 1950,” a film produced by three documentary students, premiered Saturday night. And, professor Robert Greene’s award-winning film “Kate Plays Christine” had its local debut. But, it was filmmaker Spike Lee’s appearance that stole the show.

True/False: “Addition to the line up: Concerned Student 1950

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The run up to the Super Tuesday primaries was full of media news – from Donald Trump’s call to open up libel laws, to the Secret Service’s takedown of a TIME photographer, to a fake New York Times article announcing a key endorsement for Bernie Sanders.

Alex Griswold, Mediaite: “Marco Rubio’s latest attacks on Trump are crude, beyond the pale, and absolutely genius

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company won’t comply with an FBI request to remove certain security features from its iPhone, allowing law enforcement access to encrypted data. He’s got support from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Google and WhatsApp. But, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said Apple should cooperate.

MU Communications Professor Melissa Click broke her silence, telling her story to several local media outlets. But, her attempt to repair her image faced a new challenge Saturday, when the Columbia Missourian published video from the Homecoming parade.

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As the Zika virus moves north, journalists across America struggle to tell the story and raise awareness without feeding into the culture of fear. One in five people will contract it, yet few will become sick enough to ever see a doctor. So, why are we talking about the safety of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro?

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The Iowa caucuses are over, and the nation’s attention turns to New Hampshire. What does Monday’s win mean for Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio? And, how might a tight race on the Democratic side change the narrative?

Nick Baumann, Huffington Post: “Don’t let the media and Marco Rubio tell you he ‘won’ by finishing third in Iowa

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Will a judge buy it? A man convicted of threatening a California Islamic advocacy group claims binge-watching Fox News for a week following the Charlie Hebdo attacks made him do it.

Christopher Mathias, Huffington Post: “Did binge-watching Fox News inspire this man to threaten Muslims?

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On February 28, all eyes will turn to Hollywood for the Academy Awards. Comedian Chris Rock is slated to host the telecast. But, pressure is mounting on him to join a boycott over the lack of diversity in this year's pool of nominees. Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee are leading the charge for actors, directors and producers of color to simply stay home that night.

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The NFL owners voted late Tuesday to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to Los Angeles, effective with the start of the 2016 season. This is a big sports story for St. Louis and Los Angeles, but it is so much more.

Associated Press: “Rams relocating to Los Angeles leaves St. Louis as two-time loser

Disney’s promotion machine is on full blast for Friday’s release of ‘Star Wars: A Force Awakens.’ Will the film live up to the hype?

Kristen Hare, Poynter: “Bloomberg Business made some data journalism our of ‘Star Wars’

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Friday, cable news audiences watched aghast as reporters from MSBNC, CNN and Fox News Channel toured the San Bernardino shooters’ home, broadcasting live as they pilfered through belongings. What’s the value in broadcasting that moment? Is there any?

Seth Fiegerman, Mashable: “Ethics went out the window when media mobbed the San Bernardino shooters’ apartment



Twenty-nine-year-old Brandon Smith spends most of his time driving for Uber and Lyft, but the independent journalist’s relentless fight to make the video of Laquan McDonald’s death public is changing Chicago history. The unarmed black teen was shot 16 times by a white police officer. Now that officer is charged with first-degree murder. Also, Kobe Bryant announces his retirement from the NBA in the Players’ Tribune, ExxonMobile takes on Columbia University journalism students, claiming their reporting – on a potentially unethical business practice – was unethical, and why Christopher Kimball is leaving ‘America’s Test Kitchen.’ From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Twenty-nine-year-old Brandon Smith spends most of his time driving for Uber and Lyft, but the independent journalist’s relentless fight to make the video of Laquan McDonald’s death public is changing Chicago history. The unarmed black teen was shot 16 times by a white police officer. Now that officer is charged with first-degree murder.

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Actor Charlie Sheen revealed he is HIV positive during an appearance on the Today Show on Tuesday. He told Matt Lauer he was speaking out now to try and end a smear campaign against him... and to end the stigma associated with the virus. 

Eun Kyung Kim, TODAY: “Charlie Sheen reveals he’s HIV positive in TODAY Show exclusive

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It’s been a historic week at the University of Missouri. On Monday, Tim Wolfe resigned as president of the UM System. Hours later, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced he is stepping down from that office at the end of the year. We’ll look at local, regional and national media coverage, talk about challenges to the First Amendment, and examine the role of Mizzou Football.

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A week after the last Republican presidential debate, the candidates and networks are still debating rules and procedures for future debates. What will it take to break the impasse?

David Wiegel and Robert Costa, Washington Post: “GOP contenders demand greater control over crucial debates

The organizers of the South By Southwest conference announced they’re canceling two sessions for the Spring 2016 conference. Both sessions were to focus on issues related to the Gamergate scandal, which centered on the depiction of women in the video gaming industry.

Hugh Forrest, South by Southwest: “Strong Community Management: Why we canceled two panels for SXSW 2016

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One guy says the reporting isn’t accurate. Another says it is. It’s a case of finger pointing between Amazon vice president Jay Carney and New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet. What is the environment really like in the Amazon headquarters?

Jay Carney, Medium: “What the New York Times didn’t tell you

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For 62 years, people have been saying they read Playboy for the articles, but do they really? We’ll find out soon enough, now that the magazine’s decision to eliminate nude photographs.

Ravi Somaiya, New York Times: “Playboy to drop nudity as internet fills demand

New York Times: “Playboy in popular culture

In the hours and days following the last week's massacre at Umpqua Community College, many called on the media not to name the shooter. The idea? Not to give him the attention and fame he was seeking in carrying out the act. But, there are many in the journalism community who say that while they can respect the concept of the 'No Notoriety' campaign, we'd be betraying the basic tenants of our profession if we adhered.

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Pope Francis made his first trip the United States. For five days, he met with dignitaries, church officials, Catholics and members of the public. And, for those five days, the cable networks were practically wall-to-wall. Was the coverage too much? Too little? Or just right?


Images of war are often graphic and gruesome. They evoke personal, emotional reactions – and often we choose not to publish them because of the depths of truth they show. And, sometimes when we do publish them, we can change the course of history. Some are saying the photos of 3-year-old Ayland Kurdi’s body washed up on a Turkish beach could be the next iconic photo to influence public thinking – much like the 1972 image of the girl fleeing a napalm attack in Vietnam.

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Who is the blame for the shooting deaths of WDBJ-TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward? The easy answer to that question is the shooter -- but is there a deeper, more nuanced answer? Some point the finger at the gun lobby, others point it at failings in the mental health system. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough says it's the fault the of the 24-hour cable news networks.

Hackers stole hook-up site Ashley Madison's member database and made it searchable online. Since that happened, media outlets around the world have been scouring the data and identifying users. Is it ethical for journalists to publish the data, given it's been made available to them via illegal means?

Chava Gourarie, Columbia Journalism Review: “Is it ethical to write about hacked Ashley Madison users?

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At a time when so many are writing anniversary stories looking back on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina,  Chicago Tribune columnist Kristen McQueary wrote a column under the headline "In Chicago, Wishing for a Hurricane Katrina."

That headline was changed after readers took great offense to McQueary's assertion that the city of Chicago needs a storm the size and strength of Katrina to reset the city's mounting debt, it's struggling schools and it's political infighting.