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.
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.
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.
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.