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."
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.
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?