Amy Simons

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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Politics
7:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Views of the News: Could Aereo case change TV as we know it?

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the case of American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo.

For more than two years, broadcast and cable companies have argued Aereo's subscription-based streaming of local programming is a violation of copyright.

Aereo maintains its use of mini-antennae allows users to tune in signals already available to them using over-the-air tuners.

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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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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
4:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Views of the News: Franken's fight against Comcast, Time-Warner

Sen. Al Frankin (D-Minn.)
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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is the leading voice in Congress, urging colleagues to say no to the proposed merger between Comcast and Time-Warner.

If allowed, the merger will combine the nation's number one and number two cable and internet providers -- something that Franken says is bad for consumers and bad for America.

Ashley Parker, New York Times: “Franken’s campaign against Comcast is no joke

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
7:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Views of the News: Keeping reporters safe on the job

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Last week, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot and killed while on assignment in Afghanistan.  She was traveling with a convoy of election workers ahead of the presidential election when an Afgan police officer open fire on Niedringhaus and her reporter.

Afghanistan is a war zone.

Houston, Texas isn't.

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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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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
5:37 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Views of the News: What the #$%^?

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When is it appropriate for a journalist to change a word in a direct quote?  Is it okay to edit for clarity? Or when someone uses profanity?  What defines profanity today?

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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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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
9:27 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Views of the News: What happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370?

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What happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370?  All we know for sure is that it left Kuala Lampur on Friday, March 8 and never made it to its destination, the Beijing Capital International airport.  It's a mystery leaving millions around the globe scratching their heads.  The American media is reporting every small detail -- many of them theories and rumors. 

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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.

Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
5:51 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Views of the News: Obamacare: Funny or Die?

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President Barack Obama appeared on Between Two Ferns, an Internet program hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis on funnyordie.com.  The two exchanged barbs before getting into a discussion about registering the March 31, 2014 deadline for registering for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

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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.

Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
8:58 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Views of the News: Social media milestone at the Oscars

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At nearly three and a half hours, this year's Academy Awards telecast didn't set any records for length.  But, it did set a social media milestone, when more than 3,000,000 Twitter users retweeted this selfie featuring host Ellen DeGeneres and several other Hollywood stars.

David Bauder, AP: “Ellen’s Oscar celeb selfie a landmark media moment

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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.

Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
5:51 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Views of the News: Remembering Lt. Bruce Britt, inspecting MU buildings

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Lt. Bruce Britt is only the second member of the Columbia Fire Department to die in the line of duty.  Britt succumbed to injuries sustained early Saturday morning while responding to a structural collapse at University Village apartments.  The complex is run my MU's Department of Residential Life.

And, as a community prepares to say goodbye, the university is trying to determine what caused a concrete walkway to collapse -- and is working to prevent another incident.    

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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.

Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
6:18 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Views of the News: Westboro Baptist Church, 'Stand With Sam' or neither?

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Hundreds of Michael Sam supporters lined Stadium Blvd. and Providence Road in Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 15, blocking out a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church.

Sam, a former MU football player and NFL prospect, made international headlines last week when he came out as gay.

Members of the Topeka, Kan.-based church said they would return to Columbia to protest Sam's coming out and the MU community's support of him.  They were last here protesting the funeral of Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt in July 2012.

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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.

Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
9:19 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Views of the News: Michael Sam's coming out story makes headlines

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Former MU defensive lineman Michael Sam told his teammates he was gay during a team building exercise late last summer.  On Sunday, he told the rest of the world, with the help of the New York Times and ESPN. 

John Branch, New York Times: “NFL prospect Michael Sam proudly says what teammates knew: He’s gay

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
2:48 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Views of the News: Barbara Walters defends Woody Allen on 'The View'

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Sunday, the New York Times published an open letter written by Dylan Farrow, the daughter of actress Mia Farrow.  In it, Dylan offers a detailed account of sexual abuse she says she endured at the hands of her stepfather -- legendary actor, director and producer Woody Allen.

These allegations first came to light more than 20 years ago.  Since then Allen has ended his longtime relationship with Mia Farrow and married Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi.  That relationship began when Soon-Yi was in her late teens.

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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.

Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
4:39 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Views of the News: Lockdown at Kirkwood High School

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School safety is an important issue. How we cover it is important, too.  Last week, a suburban St. Louis high school was put on lockdown after a reporter from KSDK-TV entered the building unannounced.  He entered through an unlocked door, asked for directions to the school office and asked to speak with a security officer.  When one wasn't available, he left his name and phone number and walked out.  An hour later, the school was put on lockdown -- and the community went into a panic.

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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.

Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
10:53 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Views of the News: Tweeting terminal illness: Educational or TMI?

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That's the question Emma G. Keller asked in a blog post published on The Guardian's website last week.  The piece centered on Lisa Adams, a woman with stage four breast cancer who is blogging and tweeting about her fight -- sometimes dozens of time per hour. 

A few days later, Keller's husband, Bill Keller wrote a column in the New York Times comparing Adams' decision to aggressively fight her disease to his father-in-law's more palliative treatment plan.

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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

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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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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

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