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Views of the News
Wednesdays 6:30pm-7:00pm

Each week, KBIA brings you a roundtable discussion about the media. Host Amy Simons and regular panelists Kathy Kiely and Ernest Perry from the Missouri School of Journalism provide analysis, commentary and criticism.

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  • Is it time for newspapers to stop filling print pages with national and international news and keep it local? Also the death of CNN+. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • A bill before the Missouri House of Representatives stands to limit access to public information under the state’s Sunshine Law. What’s under consideration? Also, Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter and a new boss at the New York Times. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • Is it time for journalists to get off Twitter? One of the nation’s leading newspapers has made a presence on the social platform optional. We’ll talk about why, and what effects this could have on the quality of reporting and the safety of reporters. Also, Warner Bros. Discovery’s takeover of CNN and HBO, the collapse of Black News Channel and the USA Today’s innovative use of comic journalism. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • As we move into the fourth week of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the journalism community mourns two of its own, killed while covering the conflict. Also, insiders describe what it was like to work for Russian state media, coverage of Chuck Erickson’s pending parole and reaction to Tom Brady’s return to the NFL. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has cracked down on journalists, threatening up to 15 years imprisonment for the reporting of ‘false information.’ What effect is this having on reporting of that nation’s invasion of Ukraine. Also, The Atlantic’s 12,000-word profile of the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, and how a journalist’s identity as a storyteller could be eroding our credibility with the public. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • All eyes are on Ukraine nearly a week after Russian forces invaded the country. This week, we look at the work reporters are doing on the ground, the effects of social media and limiting the spread of disinformation from Russian state media. Also, President Biden’s first State of the Union address and the new boss at CNN. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • Former President Trump said it’s time for Joe Rogan to stop apologizing for the Spotify controversies. After nearly two weeks, the streaming service stands by the conservative podcaster and their exclusive distribution agreement. We’ll talk about why. Also, Jeff Zucker’s ouster from CNN, coverage of the Olympics and why we can’t stop playing Wordle. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Ron Kelley and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • Journalists across the country are calling for safer work conditions after a car struck a West Virginia television reporter during a live report. Also, a Columbia radio legend says it’s time to retire and it seems the nation caught Chiefs fever during 13 seconds of football Sunday night. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • Fox News personalities texting Trump’s chief of staff during the Jan. 6 riots. Chris Cuomo interfering in reporting on his brother, the then-governor of New York. Don Lemon texting actor Jussie Smollett about the police investigation into hate crime he’s since been convicted of falsely reporting. How did cable news lose its way? Can new faces and new formats bring it back? Or, is it time to pull the plug? Also, covering deadly tornadoes across the Midwest and Time Magazine names its Person of the Year. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Ron Kelley: Views of the News.
  • Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician and talk show host, launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania. Look carefully and his campaign materials might look oddly reminiscent to something you’ve seen before. Also, court documents bring statements from CNN’s Chris Cuomo into question, could the owners of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch find themselves in a hostile takeover and a Missouri man is released from prison after 43 years, thanks in part to the work of some Kansas City journalists. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Ron Kelley: Views of the News