Views of the News: Ryan Ferguson's conviction vacated

Nov 6, 2013

Credit August Kryger / Columbia Tribune

An appeals court has vacated Ryan Ferguson's conviction in the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.  How has the local and national media kept this story front and center for nearly a decade?

Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter: “How ’48 Hours’ helped overturn Missouri man’s conviction

Missourian staff, Columbia Missourian: “Ryan Ferguson’s conviction overturned

Alan Burdziak, Columbia Daily Tribune: “Appeals court sides with Ryan Ferguson

Ryan Famuliner, KBIA: “Ryan Ferguson’s murder conviction vacated

NBC criticized for 'checkbook journalism'

NBC News has reportedly paid for two stories including some incredible video of a mid-air collision between two airplanes over southeast Wisconsin on Sunday.  Paying for access to sources is generally frowned upon, but what about paying for video? Is it any different than paying a freelance photographer?

Scott Stump, NBC: “Skydivers in plane collision caught on camera: ‘We’ll jump again’”

Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “NBC News, agreeing to pay for sky-diving footage, criticized for ‘checkbook journalism’

Huffington Post, “NBC News subsidiary gets checkbook journalism charges over possible Hannah Anderson deal

Photojournalism a casualty of the digital shift?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the latest to announce some changes to the configuration of its photojournalism staff.  After some job cuts, it's expected the remaining photographers will receive the new job title of "multimedia visual journalists."

Lou Carlozo, NetNewsCheck: “Are photojournalists a digital casualty?

Kristen Hare, Poynter: “Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographers will become ‘multimedia visual journalists’"

When cross-ownership gets messy

Editorial employees at the Dayton Daily News received a memo from management this week suggesting they should no longer print any stories in the newspaper critical of the CBS network.  This comes after running a wire story that was critical of the fall season's primetime lineup.  The Dayton Daily News operates in a converged newsroom with sister-station WHIO-TV, a CBS affiliate. 

Jim Romenesko, “Dayton Daily News memo: There will be nothing negative about CBS in our newspaper

'60 Minutes' stands by report

Lara Logan, 60 Minutes: "Benghazi"

Bill Carter, New York Times: "CBS News defends its '60 Minutes' Benghazi report"

Eric Boehlert, Media Matters: "What would Dan Rather do? With Benghazi debacle, 60 Minutes faces another crisis of credibility"

Joel Pollak, Breitbart: “CBS, ’60 Minutes’ try to atone for Benghazi cover-up

Say hello to Fusion

Disney and Univision have teamed up to create Fusion, a news and satire network catering to Latinos in their early- to mid-20's. 

Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald: “Just a dash of Latino flavor accents Fusion TV’s debut

Lisa Richwine and David Adams, Reuters: “New U.S. TV network fuses news, satire for young Hispanics

Lloyd Grove, The Daily Beast: “Meet Fusion, Obama’s favorite new cable channel

Jeanine Poggi, Ad Age: “’Winking at Hispanic’: Where does the new Fusion channel fit?