Arts and Culture
9:50 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Misdeeds, misdemeanors, miscommunications: Life lessons from MoJo commentators on KBIA

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In this recent series of commentaries for, Missouri student journalists recount a few of life’s confusing lessons. Led by Missouri School of Journalism Professor and storytelling master Berkley Hudson, these 11 student commentators took not only pen to paper but also got in front of the microphone, to talk out these essays that touch on life, relationships, growing up and striking out, among other issues. Enjoy!

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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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Big J Journalism
1:55 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Why this Melanie Moon thing with Ryan Ferguson actually matters

It's not this that matters
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Many media and journalism-school types have been following the dustup over KPLR anchor/reporter Melanie Moon's behavior while covering the Ryan Ferguson press conference earlier this week right after his release from prison. Joy Mayer at the Columbia Missourian cataloged the exchange with Moon in this Storify, so you'll need to read that first for this piece to make much sense. As Mayer has pointed out, many news outlets and twitterers are focusing on the ethical conversation around Moon hugging Ryan Ferguson and his father Bill, and taking a photograph with Ryan at the press conference. This is an interesting conversation, and the area of journalism ethics is blurry sometimes. But the more important conversation to have here really is the area that is not blurry: one about good, responsible journalism.

Just to get this out of the way briefly here, I'm going to side with the curmudgeons on the hug, and say for a variety of reasons that is unprofessional. I'm not calling for a ban on journalist hugs, but I will summarize by saying I think intention is important. Hugs for consolation can make sense in some circumstances, for celebration, not so much. I would contend that if you're doing your job right as a journalist you will already have boundaries that make interactions like this something you'll never feel comfortable with. I also will emphasize the importance of avoiding the appearance of conflict of interest, and the Society of Professional journalists would back me up on that one.

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
5:01 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Views of the News: MO's Obama clown; NPR slammed; Journalism degrees; NBC's Hillary 'Nightmare'

Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
4:05 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Views of the News: Royal baby, Rolling Stone cover, Helen Thomas legacy, Ad rules, Asparagus bias!

Credit UK's The Sun Newspaper

  "It's a Boy!"

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
4:46 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Views of the News: Zimmerman verdict, few female sources, royal baby watch, Asiana pilot hoax

The Zimmerman Verdict: Media Lessons

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
3:00 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Views of the News TV Edition: Zimmerman Trial, SFO Crash, Egypt Coup, Local Station Mergers

Zimmerman Trial Dominates Cable News

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Global Journalist
7:05 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

New media law angers journalists in Ecuador

Opposition lawmakers wearing gags hold up posters that read in Spanish '"Life is nothing if you lose freedom" Manuel Belgrano', as they protest a new Communications Act in Quito, Ecuador, on Friday, June 14, 2013.
Credit Dolores Ochoa / Associated Press

Ecuador’s government made international news for two actions recently. The country's foreign minister met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its London embassy. Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning for alleged sexual assaults.

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
3:07 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Views of the News: SCOTUS' Big Rulings, Snowden's Helpers, Hastings Death, Rock Center Gone

Credit Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

Supremes' Big Rulings

The Washington Post: "The Supreme Court's gay marriage decision: Live updates"

Jess Bravis, The Wall Street Journal: "Justices Take Pass on Texas Affirmative-Action Case"

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
4:13 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Views of the News: Outing US digital snooping , debating "breaking news," muzzling WI reporters

Digital Snooping: The Original Stories

Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian: "NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily"

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
2:27 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Views of the News: Photogs Fired, Storm Chasers Die, Goodbye Lee & Charles

Credit Chicago Newspaper Guild

Sun-TImes Fires Photographers

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
9:49 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Views of the News: Holder's Remorse, Conners & the IRS, Bite-size News, FB Hate, Wolf & the Atheist

DOJ Leak Probes: The Fallout

Mike Allen's Playbook, Politico: "Holder to Meet with Bureau Chiefs"

Dylan Byers, Politico: "Eric Holder's 'remorse'"

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Global Journalist
6:09 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Fear of violence lingers ahead of Pakistani elections

A protestor holds up a sign against the killing of Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, in Hyderabad, Pakistan.
Pervez Masih AP Images

In the past decade, Pakistan’s media has become larger, more powerful and more independent. The number of private television channels has grown from just three state-run channels in 2000 to 89 in 2012. But the challenges to practicing journalism are also growing.

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Global Journalist
8:08 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Will it become easier to report on China?

A building associated with the Chinese military is allegedly the site of origin for hacking attacks against US news outlets.
AP Images

China’s new leadership will soon set the agenda for the world’s most populous country for the next decade. Changes in the Communist government’s top tier could affect censorship practices — and make it either easier or harder for journalists to report on Chinese issues.  

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Global Journalist
6:19 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Reporting on religion

According to a recent poll, two-thirds of Americans believe that media coverage of religion is too sensationalized. So how could journalists best cover the subject in a fair and balanced way? To find out, Global Journalist spoke to two journalists that have devoted years to the religion beat.

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4:10 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Mo. Journalism School receives $30 million gift

Missouri School of Journalism Dean Dean Mills acknowledges the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and other contributors who have helped fund and run the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute today at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
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A University of Missouri journalism think tank has received one of the largest gifts in school history to continue research into the digital future of news.

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6:00 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Engaging communities

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Global Journalist
10:24 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

The future of local journalism, part 2

In a report released earlier this year, the FCC acknowledged that some of its policies and regulations are out of sync with the swiftly evolving media markets and the information needs of communities.

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5:32 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

The Future of Local News

Panelists discussed a recent FCC report that includes recommendations to improve local news coverage.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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