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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]

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

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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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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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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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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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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11:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Views of the News: Ryan Ferguson's conviction vacated

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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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7:22 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

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

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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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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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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?

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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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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

7:43 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

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

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ESPN Pulls from NFL Concussion Investigation

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