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Views Preview: Sponsors pressured to drop NFL over abuse scandal

There is pressure on the big-name sponsors of the National Football League to pull their advertising dollars in the aftermath of the domestic abuse scandal.  The public has joined the chant, calling attention to Cover Girl cosmetics (left) for its "Game Face" campaign, using manipulated images of made-up women with bruises on their face.  How has the news media contributed to the discussion?

Catherine Taibi, Huffington Post: “Mika Brzezinski says NFL sponsors need to boycott the league

Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel: “Thanks to the NFL, Cover Girl has a PR nightmare on its hands

Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle: “Domestic violence rocks NFL image, threatens brand

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: “Despite investigation, sponsors say NFL too lucrative to abandon

Matthew Rocco, Fox Business: “NFL, sponsors feel pressure after Ray Rice video surfaces

Foley, Sotloff families threatened

A number of "exclusive" reports came out this week which claimed that the U.S. government repeatedly discouraged the families of James Foley and Steven Sotloff from trying to negotiate their release or pay ransoms as demanded by the Islamic State.  The Obama administration denies it ever threatened the families.

Greg Botelho & Catherine Shoichet, CNN: “James Foley’s mother ‘appalled’ by U.S. government handling of the case

Brian Ross, James Gordon Meek & Rhonda Schwartz, ABC News: “Government threatened Foley family over ransom payments, mother of slain journalists says

Michael Isikoff, Yahoo News: “Sotloff’sparents told they could be prosecuted for paying ransom to IS

Jennifer Bendery, Huffington Post: “White House: We ‘didn’t threaten’ families of slain U.S. journalists with prosecution

Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times: “For James Foley’s family, U.S. policy offered no hope

"Mizzou Made" Up?: Truth in Advertising

The Columbia Missourian did an analysis of the Missouri Football commercial currently running on local and regional television and found some of the facts weren't so factual.

Seth Boster, Columbia Missourian: “TIGER KICKOFF: ‘Mizzou Made’ commercial contains a few Missouri myths

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Getting the story behind the emotional bursts on live television

Let's face it, when people swear on live television we have a tendency to laugh. A lot. We laugh at the people who say the curse words, we laugh at the reporters and photographers who have to react quickly before a bad situation can get worse.  But, it's seldom we know the story behind the story.  Here's one of those.

Nick Kenney, WMC: “Lady who cursed on live WMAC Action News 5 broadcast shares her story

TV anchor shares news of his illness

David Benton is a beloved television news anchor at WCIA-TV in Champaign, Ill.  Recently doctors informed him that he's had a recurrence of brain cancer that is inoperable and the prognosis is not good.  Doctors estimate he only has another four to six months to live.  Last week, Benton shared that emotional news with his viewers.

Debra Pressey, The News-Gazette: “Dave Benton hoping to make the most of the time he has left

Associated Press: “TV anchor says he has only 6 months to live

AMY SIMONS teaches multi-platform reporting and editing to students in the convergence journalism interest area.
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