Mike McKean

Host, Professor of Journalism

MIKE MCKEAN directs the Futures Lab, the experimental newsroom and technology testing center of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. He founded the School's Convergence Journalism program and serves on the MU Information Technology Committee. McKean is a leader in the School's partnerships with Apple, Inc., and Adobe Systems to transform journalism education through pervasive computing. He is a frequent trainer and guest lecturer at top media companies and universities in China, has helped establish convergence journalism programs at Shantou University and Moscow State University, and has conducted Internet workshops in the United States, the Russian Federation and Albania. McKean has been honored with the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and the MU Faculty-Alumni Award. He earned a bachelor's degree at the Missouri School of Journalism in 1979 and a master of arts in political science from Rice University in 1985. McKean has served on the J-School faculty since 1986.

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Terrorists Kill 12 at Paris Paper

Three gunmen killed 12 people and injured several more at a weekly Paris newspaper that has satirized Islam and the prophet Mohammed.

Nicholas Vinocur and Antony Paone, Reuters, "At least 12 dead in Paris attack on satirical newspaper"

In an audio-only edition of Views of the News, Mike McKean, Esther Thorson, and Rod Gelatt bring you our weekly media criticism from the Missouri School of Journalism. 

The New York Times

  The New York Times this week ran a series of editorials calling on the federal government to repeal the ban on marijuana.  A brave, game-changing move that shows the country's leading newspaper acting like one, or just another sign of how behind public opinion the mainstream media are these days?  And what difference will it make?

The Editorial Board, The New York Times, "Repeal Prohibition, Again"

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  While Western media have for days been focusing on Russian-backed separatists as the culprits behind the missile attack on MH 17 over eastern Ukraine, the people of Russia have been hearing different stories from their government-controlled media.

The past week has been a busy one for stories about national security and how the media have handled those stories.  A judge rules the National Security Agency's phone records collection program is probably unconstitutional.  Meanwhile, the plaintiff in that lawsuit gets into an on-air battle with a CNN anchor and analyst.  60 Minutes airs what many critics consider a puff piece on the NSA.  The AP and Washington Post publish a story connecting a missing American to a rogue CIA program in Iran.  And American leaker Edward Snowden gets the nod from many for "person of the year."

Digital Snooping: The Original Stories

Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian: "NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily"

Chicago Newspaper Guild ad photographer layoffs
Chicago Newspaper Guild

Sun-TImes Fires Photographers

DOJ Leak Probes: The Fallout

Mike Allen's Playbook, Politico: "Holder to Meet with Bureau Chiefs"

Dylan Byers, Politico: "Eric Holder's 'remorse'"

ChartGirl graphic of media performance on Boston bombing story
ChartGirl.com

Hillary Sargent, ChartGirl.com: "Covering the Coverage"

Slightly Less Gruesome


Joe Pompeo, Capital New York: "'Daily News' doctored front-page photo from Boston bombing"

New York Post cannibal picture photoshopped
New York Post

The Pew Study: Less Reporting, More Opining

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism: "The State of the News Media 2013"

Brian Stelter, The New York Times: "Local TV News is Following Print's Path, Study Says"

Fox vs. ESPN

Richard Sandomir and Amy Chozick, The New York Times: "Seeing Riches in Sports TV, Fox Will Create New Network"

William Launder, The Wall Street Journal: "Fox to Launch Sports Cable Network"

Fox vs. ESPN

Richard Sandomir and Amy Chozick, The New York Times: "Seeing Riches in Sports TV, Fox Will Create New Network"

William Launder, The Wall Street Journal: "Fox to Launch Sports Cable Network"

Super Bowl Blackout, Ads, Tweets

Steve Coll, The New Yorker: "The Super Bowl's Journalism Malfunction"

Will Leitch, Sports On Earth: "Power Failure"

Felix Baumgartner jumps
Red Bull

Who's Fat? The Challenges of Science Journalism

Gretchen Reynolds, The New York Times: "Good and Bad, the Little Things Add Up in Fitness"

Pam Belluck, The New York Times: "Study Suggests Lower Mortality Risk for People Deemed to be Overweight"

Media Mistakes and Challenges

Andrew Beaujon, Poynter.org: "Sandy Hook coverage: Is 'good enough' good enough?"

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