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

Feb 11, 2014

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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

Juliet Macur, New York Times: “It’s time for the NFL to welcome a gay player

Dan Graziano, ESPN: “Michael Sam should be commended

Kate Fagan, ESPN: “Michael Sam chooses truth from the start”

Cyd Zeigler, Outsports: “’The Eagle has landed: The exclusive behind-the-scenes story of how NFL prospect Michael Sam came out

Erik Hall & Matthew Fairburn, “Missouri defensive end Michael Sam comes out as publicly gay

Greg Bowers, “Behind the story: The Michael Sam story began brewing in August

David Morrison, Columbia Daily Tribune: “Michael Sam: ‘I am an openly, proud gay man"

Joe Walljasper, Columbia Daily Tribune: “Sam, teammates proved gay athlete shouldn’t have to choose secrecy

Pete Thamel & Thayer Evans, Sports Illustrated: “How will new that Michael Sam is gay affect his NFL draft stock?

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New Documentary Journalism Program

MU announced Tuesday it was given a $6.7 million gift to establish a documentary film degree program within the School of Journalism.  Alumnus Jonathan Murray, known for his groundbreaking work in reality television, is funding the program.

Laura Cole, Columbia Missourian: "MU School of Journalism announces new documentary program"

Samantha Granes Bezic & Jadde Turk, KBIA: "Mizzou J-School to open documentary program"

Nathalie Granda, KOMU: "MU gets $6.7 million gift for documentary journalism center"

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Dean Mills to retire

Dean Mills, the dean of the Missouri School of Journalism announced he plans to retire from the university effective August 31.  Mills has served as school's dean for 25 years, making him the longest-serving dean on the MU campus. 

Ashley Jost, Columbia Daily Tribune: “Retirement of Dean Mills marks ‘end of an era’ for MU School of Journalism

Ryan Famuliner, KBIA: “Dean of Missouri School of Journalism announces retirement

Ryan Hood, Columbia Missourian: “MU journalism school dean announces retirement

Staff, Columbia Missourian: “Retiring MU journalism dean leaves legacy of leadership, innovation

Christian Basi, MU News Bureau: “Missouri School of Journalism dean to retire in August

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NBC Edits IOC President's Statements

Russia's anti-gay laws have been a focus in the run up to the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.  During Friday night's opening ceremonies, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach issued a strongly-worded statement against "any form of discrimination," only viewers in the United States didn't see it because NBC chose to edit it out from the primetime broadcast.

Timothy Burke, Deadspin: “NBC edits out IOC anti-discrimination statement from opening ceremony

Daniel Politi, Slate: “NBC cuts anti-discrimination remarks from Sochi opening ceremony speech

Eric Sasson, Wall Street Journal: “Why did bit about tolerance get cut from Olympic broadcast?

New names in news

Glenn Greenwald's new investigative venture launches on the same day former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller announces he's leaving the paper to run a non-profit journalism startup.  Are we seeing the birth of a new journalistic genre?

Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras & Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept: “Welcome to The Intercept

Ravi Somaiya, New York Times: “Bill Keller, former editor of The Times, is leaving for news nonprofit

"Distressed babies" blamed for AOL benefits cut

Employees of AOL will be seeing contributions to their 401k plans matched by the company, afterall.  CEO Tim Armstrong's clumsy explanation of why the changes were going to be implemented drew the ire of employees and backlash in the press.

Joe Pompeo, Capital New York: “Armstrong: ‘Distressed babies’ figured in 401(k) roll-back

Jay Yarow, Business Insider: “AOL caves: Tim Armstrong restores 401K plans for employees"

Jia Lynn Yang, Washington Post: “AOL chief reverses changes to 401(d) policy after a week of bad publicity

Deanna Fei, Slate: “My baby and AOL’s bottom line: That ‘distressed baby’ who Tim Armstrong blamed for benefit cuts? She’s my daughter.