Travis McMillen

Video Producer

TRAVIS McMILLEN is the video producer for the Futures Lab, located on the lower level of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. As video producer, McMillen directs and produces regular and occasional programming from RJI’s own production studio, including KBIA-FM’s Views of the News, Global Journalist and Radio Friends with Paul Pepper. He is a Columbia native who started working at KOMU-TV, the University of Missouri’s NBC affiliate, at the age of 16. At 18 McMillen became the audio operator for Pepper and Friends, a community variety and talk show that aired on KOMU for 27 years. It was a position he held for almost 10 years. Aside from audio, McMillen’s duties on the show included field segment videographer and editor and, from 2001-2007, primary fill-in director. McMillen also directed KOMU’s daily two-hour morning newscast from 2001-2008. He is married to Jennifer, whom he met at KOMU. She currently produces the CW News at Nine for the station. They have three boys.

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  Advertisers are starting to feel pressure to drop their NFL sponsorships in light of how the league is handling domestic abuse cases. What role has the news media played in that?  Also, the Columbia Missourian fact-checks the “Mizzou Made” commercial, and some emotional moments in local television news. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News.

The Baltimore Ravens cut Ray Rice after TMZ releases graphic video of him assaulting his now-wife in a hotel elevator, six months after the incident. How did media pressure play into the decision? NBC re-launches “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd at the helm, Bloomberg News fails to cover the return of it’s CEO, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and why another new reporting fellowship the Huffington Post has some journalism purists raising an eyebrow. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News.

Video claims to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.  How big of a gaffe was it when President Barack Obama said he doesn’t “have a strategy yet” for dealing with ISIS in Syria? Should reporters name names when saying they’ve experienced boorish behavior at the hands of U.S. senators? And, the steps the St. Louis media is taking to keep the story of Ferguson on the front page. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News.

An editorial cartoon in the Columbia Daily Tribune sparks cries of racism from readers, the Huffington Post names a new “Ferguson Fellow” to spend a year looking into how the St. Louis County police department got its military-grade equipment, and a young journalist speaks out on why it’s time step out of Ferguson and let the region heal.  Also, how Facebook comments led a cops reporter to quit and a police chief to lose his job, why CNN will soon be doing less with less and ESPN’s reporting on Michael Sam’s shower habits. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News. 

More than a ten journalists have been arrested, dozens more tear gassed trying to cover the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.  Governor Jay Nixon lost control of a nationally televised news conference, and cable news anchors turn into advocates on-screen.  What role is the media playing in the continuing conflict? From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Police in Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed an unarmed teen.  Was race a factor in the death of Michael Brown? Or has the framing of the story by local and national journalists made it one?  Also, keeping reporters safe during violent protests, the role of citizen journalists and hashtag activism in the aftermath. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Jim Flink: Views of the News.


Strange theories abound following the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. What impact is that having on the people of Russia? Rupert Murdoch makes a bid for Time Warner. What does that mean for the future of corporate media? And Jill Abramson has been making the rounds, speaking with several prominent women journalists, but have they been going easy on her? Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Judd Slivka and Stacey Woelfel discuss these issues and more on this edition of Views of the News.

The first-ever gay pride event at Fort Leonard Wood: Is it newsworthy or not?  When you know your local readership isn’t likely to respond to the story does that mean you skip covering it? Also, Matt Lauer accused of sexism, a Facebook experiment preys on your emotions, and whether a relatively common television news practice is standard operating procedure or plagiarism. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Amanda Hinnant and Jim Flink: Views of the News.

  

Today Paul Pepper and TIM REINBOTT talk all-things gardening, specifically tips to prevent diseases in tomatoes due to a (predicted) moist summer. At [4:04] DIANA MOXON reflects on June's Art in the Park and looks ahead to the new show, "Bountiful Boone," and their on-going summer camps. July 1, 2014

  

A big week in legal news, as the U.S. Supreme Court decides on the Aereo case, verdicts are announced in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and three Al Jazeera journalists are sentenced to more than seven years in an Egyptian prison. Also, Sen. Claire McCaskill takes on Dr. Oz, the St. Louis-Post Dispatch drops George Will, and hottest felon ever? From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Jim Flink: Views of the News.

As the violence escalates in Iraq, there’s a steady stream of hawkish pundits on television talking about the need to act. What do Wolfowitz, Bremer, McCain and Graham have to say today that’s different than before the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Also, Eric Cantor’s primary defeat catches the national press off guard, another CNN documentary raises questions about transparency and authenticity, and Chelsea Clinton’s $600,000 paycheck. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Margaret Duffy: Views of the News.

Did George Will go too far, writing in his Washington Post column that being a sexual assault victim has become a “coveted status” on college campuses? Also, American Express commissions Tyler Perry for its latest commercial produced in the style of a documentary film, Time Inc.’s risky split from Time Warner, and why e-Harmony says reporters make good dates. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Katherine Reed: Views of the News.

Hero or deserter? Negotiating with terrorists? The story of Bowe Bergdahl’s release has taken several twists since President Obama’s announcement Saturday afternoon.  Also, how young is too young when showing images of children facing adult criminal charges, a CNN reporter arrested on live television, and remembering Tiananmen Square 25 years later. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink: Views of the News.

The tales of two papers: how one student newspaper on the campus of University of California – Santa Barbara covered a mass shooting while the other chose to ignore it. Also, NBC’s sit down with Edward Snowden, dangerous conditions for reporters in Ukraine, CNN anchors moving to New York, and avoiding conflicts of interest – real and perceived. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Jim Flink: Views of the News.

  

Why was Jill Abramson fired as executive editor the New York Times? Her story doesn’t mesh with that of Publisher Arthur Sulzberger. Was it over a pay dispute as she claims or about a management style Sulzberger says didn’t fit the newsroom? And, why does it even matter? Also, a covering executions in Missouri, the on again-off again OWN documentary on Michael Sam’s quest to make the St. Louis Rams and Michael Jackson’s hologram performance on the Billboard Music Awards. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Jim Flink: Views of the News.

Monica Lewinsky is breaking her silence, writing in Vanity Fair that it’s time to “burn the beret and blue dress.” After 17 years, why did she choose to speak out now about her affair with President Bill Clinton?  Also, journalists rubbing elbows with politicians at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, how local, national and international coverage varied during last week’s controversial execution in Oklahoma, and coverage of the kidnapped Nigerian girls. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News.


  Today Paul Pepper and LORIE STEELE talk about this year's Moreau Montessori School (live and silent!) auction fundraiser, which is happening this Saturday at Knights of Columbus in Jefferson City! [3:59] Also, ANNA DRAKE is back with more good information about Heart of Missouri CASA, and they're always looking for volunteers.

  

Clippers owner Donald Sterling, banned from basketball for life for making racist comments.  How did TMZ get the scoop that rocked professional sports?  E-mails between producers of ‘Chicagoland’ and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office show some storylines on the CNN docu-series may have been staged. Also, Indy Star’s #ShowUsYourGuns and a look back at NPR’s first foray on the internet. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News.

NBC tries to get inside David Gregory’s mind, hiring a psychological consultant to ask his wife and friends what makes him tick. How might that translate into higher ratings?  Also, the Supreme Court hears arguments in the Aereo case, publishing criminal mug shots, and reporting on acts of anti-Semitism in the U.S. and abroad. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News. 


Journalists often end up catching illegal activity on video or in photographs? When should they turn those images over to law enforcement? Also, Sen. Al Franken’s fight against the Comcast-Time Warner merger, coverage the Boston Bombing anniversary and why a big-city newspaper nixed reader comments from its website . From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Jim Flink.

What the #$%^?

Apr 2, 2014

What the $%^#?  Society’s attitudes toward language have evolved, and words once considered profane are now part of the vernacular.  Still, do they have a place in the newspaper or on local tv newscasts?  Also the cancel Colbert movement, and 2014 State of the News Media report. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News.


Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean.

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons and Earnest Perry, with special guest panelist Lee Wilkins.

  Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean.

  Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean.

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean.

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean.

  

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Jim Flink.

  Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean.

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry.

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