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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Views of the News
4:31 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Views of the News: What the Russians Know About MH17

Guest panelist Stacey Woelfel

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.

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Views of the News
3:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Views of the News: Covering gay pride at Fort Leonard Wood

Guest panelist Jim Flink

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.

  

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Radio Friends
9:30 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Bradford Farm & Columbia Art League

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

  

Views of the News
5:53 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Views of the News: The Supreme Court's Ruling on Aereo

Professor Amy Simons

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.

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Views of the News
2:21 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Views of the News: Pundits return to talk about Iraq violence, ISIS

Professor Mike McKean

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.

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Views of the News
2:18 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Views of the News: George Will says rape victims have 'coveted status'

Guest Panelist Katherine Reed

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.

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Views of the News
2:27 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Views of the News: Bringing home Bowe Bergdahl

Professor Amy Simons

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.

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Views of the News
2:33 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Views of the News: 'Patriot' or 'Traitor'? NBC's interview with Edward Snowden

Professor Mike McKean

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.

  

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Views of the News
2:10 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Jill Abramson's exit from the New York Times

Jim Flink

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.

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Views of the News
2:19 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Monica Lewinsky speaks out on Clinton affair

Professor Amy Simons

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.


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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Moreau Montessori School Auction & Heart of Missouri CASA

  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.

  

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Views of the News
2:36 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Donald Sterling banned from basketball for life

Professor Mike McKean

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.

Views of the News
2:57 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Could Aereo case change TV as we know it?

Professor Earnest Perry

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. 


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Views of the News
2:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Franken's fight against Comcast, Time-Warner

Professor Amy Simons

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.

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Views of the News
4:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

What the #$%^?

Professor Mike McKean

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.


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Views of the News
2:17 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

What happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370? [VIDEO]

Professor Earnest Perry

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

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Views of the News
2:56 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Obamacare: Funny or Die?

Special Guest Panelist Lee Wilkins

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

Views of the News
4:14 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Social media milestone at the Oscars

Professor Amy Simons

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

Views of the News
2:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Remembering Lt. Bruce Britt, inspecting MU buildings [VIDEO]

Professor Mike McKean

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

Views of the News
2:14 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church, 'Stand With Sam' or neither? [VIDEO]

Professor Earnest Perry

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.

Views of the News
2:21 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Michael Sam's coming out story makes headlines [VIDEO]

Professor Amy Simons

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

Views of the News
2:27 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

ESPN's exposé on Menu Courey tragedy [VIDEO]

Professor Mike McKean

  

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

Views of the News
2:24 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Lockdown at Kirkwood High School

Professor Earnest Perry

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

Views of the News
2:30 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Tweeting terminal illness: Educational or TMI?

Professor Amy Simons

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

Views of the News
2:29 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

2013 Security Edition

Guest panelist Jim Flink

  

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

Views of the News
4:09 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Columbia-based Newsy goes to E.W. Scripps for $35 million

Professor Earnest Perry

  

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

Views of the News
3:53 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Amazon's Bezos unveils drone plan

Professor Mike McKean

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

Views of the News
3:24 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Fact errors matter, but so does that hug

Professor Amy Simons

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

Views of the News
2:30 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

What comes next now that Ryan Ferguson is free?

Professor Earnest Perry

  

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

Views of the News
9:20 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Ryan Ferguson's conviction vacated

Professor Amy Simons

  

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

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