Views of the News

Wednesdays 6:30pm-7:00pm

Each week, KBIA brings you a roundtable discussion about the media. Host Amy Simons and regular panelists Mike McKean and Earnest Perry from the Missouri School of Journalism provide analysis, commentary and criticism.

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
11:42 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Views of the News: Thawing after the polar vortex

Credit Massoud Hossaini / AP Images

We're already seeing a rise in air temperatures after this week's deep freeze.  How well did the local and national media cover the weather event? 

Stu Ostro, Jon Erdman, Nick Wiltgen, The Weather Channel: "Deep Freeze: Was the polar vortex really the cause"

Jordan Herr, KOMU: "Bitter cold brings danger of frostbite"

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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.

Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
4:36 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Views of the News: 2013 Security Edition

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."

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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

Politics
7:54 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Views of the News: Columbia-based Newsy goes to E.W. Scripps for $35 million

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E.W. Scripps announced Tuesday it has acquiring Columbia-based Newsy for $35 million.  Newsy is best known for its short online videos that aggregate news from multiple sources.  The five-year-old company has 35 full-time employees.  It has had a relationship with the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the MU School of Journalism since relocating to Columbia in 2008.

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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

Politics
5:04 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Views of the News: Amazon's Bezos unveils drone plan

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appeared on CBS' 60 Minutes Sunday night.  At the end of the 14-minute segment reported by Charlie Rose, Bezos unveiled a drone he calls an octocopter.  Bezos says he hopes the unmanned aircraft will one day make deliveries in 30 minutes or less. 

Charlie Rose, CBS News: “Amazon’s Jeff Bezos looks to the future

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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.

Politics
7:24 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Views of the News: Fact errors matter, but so does that hug

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Members of the local, state and national media found themselves embroiled in debate this week about the impartiality of journalists covering Ryan Ferguson's release from prison. 

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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.

Politics
8:30 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Views of the News: What comes next now that Ryan Ferguson is free?

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Ryan Ferguson walked free just before 6 p.m. Tuesday after spending nearly 10 years behind bars, convicted of the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.  Ferguson told reporters he's not sure what's next for him, it's too soon to tell. It's a story that's far from over -- for Ferguson, for the Heitholt family and for mid-Missouri. 

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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.

Politics
11:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Views of the News: Ryan Ferguson's conviction vacated

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

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Views of the News
2:45 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Are Cardinals fans 'insufferable'?

Professor Mike McKean

  

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

Politics
7:22 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Views of the News: Are Cardinals fans 'insufferable'?

Credit Bill Greenblatt / UPI

It's World Series time again, and few are prouder to see the Cardinals back in the fall classic than St. Louisans (and those of us here in mid-Missouri).  But, the national press hasn't been to friendly -- to the Red Birds or their fans.

Jonathan Mahler, Bloomberg: “The most insufferable fans in sports live in St. Louis

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Views of the News
2:18 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Does Twitter need a woman's touch?

Professor Earnest Perry

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

Politics
7:53 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Views of the News: Does Twitter need a woman's touch?

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It won't be too long of a wait for Wall Street traders who want a piece of Twitter.  Last week the social media company filed the final paperwork to for an initial public offering.  Among the details discovered in those applications -- the board of directors, key investors and company executives are almost entirely white males.  That's got many in the media world asking where are the women?

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Views of the News
2:18 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

'CNN can do better'

Professor Amy Simons

  

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

Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
8:29 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Views of the News: 'CNN can do better'

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Crossfire conundrum: Who should disclose?

Should pundits on CNN's Crossfire be held to the same ethical standards as the journalists at the news network?  There's a controversy swirling around former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.  He's also co-chair of a political action committee that's donated money to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the first-ever guests on the program.  Do the viewers have a right to know that?

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Views of the News
11:51 am
Wed September 25, 2013

What's the reporter's role?

Professor Mike McKean

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

Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
8:21 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Views of the News: What's the reporter's role?

Chuck Todd appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
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What is the reporter's role?

NBC's Chuck Todd is under fire for comments he made on the program "Morning Joe."  Todd and former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell (D) were discussing the root of some commonly-held misconceptions of about the Affordable Care Act.  Rendell argued the public has been fed erroneous information about the law.  Todd said "Republicans have effectively messaged against it," but disagreed with those who said it is up to the media to educate the public about the law.

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Views of the News
3:27 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Navy Yard shooting, BuzzFeed does it wrong, independence vs. transparency

Professor Earnest Perry

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

Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
7:59 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Views of the News: Navy Yard shooting, BuzzFeed does it wrong, independence vs. transparency

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Navy Yard Shooting: Media Behaviors

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Views of the News
4:35 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Obama on Syria, Rose interviews al-Assad, Kimmel's viral video hoax

Professor Amy Simons

  

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

Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
8:33 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Views of the News: Obama on Syria, Rose interviews al-Assad, Kimmel's viral video hoax

Views of the News
2:52 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Situation in Syria, David Frost, KMIZ, Twitter on the campaign trail

Professor Mike McKean

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

Views of the News
3:46 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

ESPN & Frontline, Chelsea Manning, Making news out of Miley Cyrus

Professor Earnest Perry

  

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

Politics
7:43 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Views of the News: ESPN & Frontline, Chelsea Manning, Making news out of Miley Cyrus

Note to readers posted on the New York Times homepage on Tuesdays, August 27, 2013.
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ESPN Pulls from NFL Concussion Investigation

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Views of the News
2:52 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Al Jazeera America, Danger in Egypt, Greenwald's partner detained in London

Professor Amy Simons

  

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

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