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Remembering David Carr

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Last week was a tough week in our industry. NBC suspended Brian Williams, Jon Stewart stepped down from The Daily Show, Bob Simon from "60 Minutes" died in a car crash, and New York Times media columnist David Carr died of lung cancer. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Jaime Grey and Amy Simons discuss the issue on KBIA-FM's media criticism program, "Views of the News." 

Carr was not afraid to challenge the establishment. Perry mentioned that he was a man that told people where they could do better and wonders if there will ever be someone like him again. 

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"I think there is gonna be someone out there to do it, but with the finesse and cachet and the prose, that David Carr did it, that is going to be hard to do."


As the days passed after his death, many tributes came out and showed the mentorship Carr gave to many young journalists. Those journalists are now entering prominent and high profile positions. As Perry pointed out, much of that is unknown to the public.

"Hopefully, a lot of those stories can be told while people are still with us and not being told after they are gone."

Simons expanded on what Perry said, saying she too feels like a journalism educator, even before she for formally entered the classroom. She said when an intern or student would walk into the newsroom she would feel the pull to mentor them, just as Carr had done before he began teaching at Boston University last fall. Carr’s approach to journalism education pushed the envelope and was innovative. Perry agreed and mentioned that he was one of the earlier adopters of technology and continually talked about it in a way that even people who did not embrace the idea of technology could understand.

"Even if you were a journalist and didn't quite embrace the changes technology was bringing, you could still learn a lot from reading his column."

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