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  • The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson overturned abortion rights protected under Roe v. Wade. On this week’s program, we talk about how it was covered, who’s voices were – or weren’t – heard, and how it reignited the debate over journalists’ objectivity. Also, breaking down a ‘surprise’ hearing of the January 6 Committee, and giving credit to journalists working behind the scenes. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • I’m not on social media. Well, I’m on LinkedIn maybe twice a month, if that counts. You should try ignoring social media sometime. Or better – quitting. I hear it’s a potential cure for insanity. But I digress.I was recently introduced to a new concept: The Attention Economy, evidently the successor to the Information Economy.
  • Recently I caught up with my Republican and Democrat insiders – it had been a while – for their take on the 2022 election campaign. As usual, they agreed more than disagreed, and their disagreements were enlightening.
  • A once-proud and dominant Missouri Democratic Party is in disarray. There are multiple reasons for this.State Democrats were hit by tragic bad luck – twice.
  • The Twitter board has accepted Elon Musk’s buyout offer. An edit button? The end of spambots? What changes could users see from Musk’s Twitter? Also, an innovative approach to meaningful investigative reporting on the local level, the end for CNN+ and new life for the Chicago Reader. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • Remember these two numbers: 110 and 45.In 1968 Kit Bond, a moderate Republican, made his first foray into electoral politics. He ran in Missouri’s long-gone Ninth Congressional District against long-time incumbent Bill Hungate, a moderate Democrat.My wife’s elderly uncle lived in Mexico, in the heart of the district. His politics were staunchly conservative. I said: “So you’re voting for Bond, right?” He said: “No, he’s the Republican.”
  • 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 the 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 the 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 the 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.