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  • 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 the 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 the 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.
  • Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers lied to fans and the public about his COVID-19 immunization status, a fact we know now that he’s contracted the virus. What effect are his actions having on the spread of disinformation? Also, why Kansas legislative staffers altered a recording of a state senate hearing, and how Georgia journalism students helped save a regional newspaper. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • A few days after Gov. Mike Parson accused a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter of hacking a state website, hundreds of Sinclair Broadcast Group television stations fell victim to a ransomware attack. One of these was a cyberattack, one was reporting. We’ll distinguish between the two. And, is the other shoe about to drop on Facebook? We’ll talk about how the company’s communications team is responding to another set of leaked documents. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • Is it cancel culture or accountability? In the same week Jon Gruden steps down as the Las Vegas Raiders’ head coach, Dave Chappelle’s newest Netflix special is called out for transphobic jokes, and Rolling Stone publishes a profile of Eric Clapton detailing racist rants and support of for anti-vaccine, anti-science groups. Also, the Nobel Peace Prize goes to two journalists fighting for free expression and a Reuters investigation shows AT&T is a major funder of far right-wing One America News Network. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Monique Luisi and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • A former Facebook employee leaked documents she says proves the company hid research showing teenagers felt worse after using its products and that it intentionally set algorithms to hook users by prioritizing hateful content. Will her testimony before a Senate committee spark regulation? Also, Ozy Media’s “Lazarus moment” and Pat Robertson’s retirement from ‘The 700 Club’ and Christian Broadcasting Network. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • More than 20 years after the first stories about R. Kelly’s sexual activities with teenage girls, a federal jury in New York convicted him of sex trafficking and racketeering. This week on Views of the News, a look back on two decades of investigative reporting in that case. Also, the harm created by the over-coverage of missing white women, and when live t.v. doesn’t go as planned. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Ron Kelley: Views of the News.
  • Rep. Chuck Bayse has called for the resignation of the Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Brian Yearwood over an assignment given to history students at Hickman High School. Is academic freedom at stake? Should this political power play rise to the level of front page news? Also, why young people are more skeptical of the news media and what producers of the HBO documentary ‘The Jinx’ have to say about the guilty verdict returned against Robert Durst. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • Fox News host Tucker Carlson admitted to a podcaster he sometimes lies to audiences, but not the way others do. What’s the basis for his argument that it’s not really deceptive? Also, the impact of the 9/11 terror attack coverage on today’s television and online news, the sale of TMZ, and how remote work is leading to more diverse newsroom staffs. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.