Why one reporter is leaving Ferguson
What one journalist, and former KBIA reporter, witnessed other reporters do in Ferguson, Mo. led him to stop filing stories. Al Jazeera freelancer Ryan Schuessler wrote a personal blog post detailing the disrespectful actions he saw and why he decided to leave (for now). Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.
Al Jazeera freelancer, and former KBIA reporter Ryan Schuessler spent more than ten days covering the story as it unfolded in Ferguson. He wrote four stories which focused on the context of the Ferguson community that was missing from other reports.
Late last week, Schuessler posted a statement on his blog that said he would not be returning to Ferguson.
Missouri School of Journalism Professor Mike McKean said he was glad that Schuessler brought attention to the inappropriate behavior of some journalists.
Professor Earnest Perry said problems with journalists behavior begin when they try to make themselves part of the story.