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It’s game over for Game of Thrones. How did fans respond to the series finale? And, what might that mean for HBO and the future of its streaming service? Also, police accused of going too far to get a reporter to reveal his sources, a presidential pardon for media mogul Conrad Black and a teen from St. Louis scoops the national media. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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It’s game over for Game of Thrones. How did fans respond to the series finale? And, what might that mean for HBO and the future of its streaming service?

Nearly four years after the traffic stop that led to the arrest, and death, of motorist Sandra Bland, a new cell phone video emerges that tells a story different from the police dash cam video. Why di it take so long to surface? Also, the possibility a Colorado public library could be home to a newsroom, turning a legacy newspaper into a non-profit, and a call to break up Facebook. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.


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Nearly four years after the traffic stop that led to the arrest, and death, of motorist Sandra Bland, a new cell phone video emerges that tells a story different from the police dashcam video. Why di it take so long to surface?

Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar for more than 500 days were unexpectedly freed Tuesday in a widespread amnesty. What led to this twist of fate? Also, Facebook bans far-right content producers, Sinclair Broadcast Group buys 21 regional sports networks, and a goof on Game of Thrones gives America a laugh. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.


Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar for more than 500 days were unexpectedly freed Tuesday in a widespread amnesty. What led to this twist of fate?

An editorial cartoon containing anti-Semitic tropes appeared in Thursday’s international editions of The New York Times. An internal investigation has led to some changes in newsroom policy, but no clear public explanation as to how it wound up in the paper in the first place. Do we deserve one? Also, why Amazon’s doorbell company is hiring a news editor, the global popularity of "Avengers: Endgame” and Jeopardy!’s big winner. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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An editorial cartoon containing anti-Semitic tropes appeared in Thursday’s international editions of the New York Times. An internal investigation has led to some changes in newsroom policy, but no clear public explanation as to how it wound up in the paper in the first place. Do we deserve one? 

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Television #journalists found themselves speechless as #NotreDame burned. We’ll examine the coverage here and abroad. Also, another #PulitzerPrize announcement in the shadow of tragedy, juxtaposing coverage of the measles outbreak with talk of protections for #antivaxxers, and a list of the best journalism movies ever. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Monique Luisi: Views of the News. KBIA 91.3 FM

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Television journalists found themselves speechless, trying to describe the pictures on their screens, showing the centuries old cathedral consumed by flames. Two days later, we’ll examine the coverage here and abroad.

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Political watch parties can produce moments of high drama, with supporters waiting anxiously for results to come in, and races going down to the wire.

But as KBIA’s Sebastián Martínez Valdivia found out, when a race is uncontested, the watch party can be a little different.

He visited last night’s watch party for Columbia 4th ward councilman Ian Thomas and filed this audio postcard. The postcard features the voices of Brendon Steenbergen, Ian Thomas, Karl Skala, and Leila Gassman. 


It might be the most cringeworthy video to go viral this year. Why did the news staff at WTOL-11 produce a #hypevideo for the Toledo Public Schools? And, how might it compromise the staff’s reporting efforts in the future? Also, Infowars host Alex Jones claims ‘pyschosis,’ changes to the Oscar rules, and reporting on allegations against former vice president Joe Biden. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News. KBIA 91.3 FM

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It might be the most cringeworthy video to go viral this year. Why did the news staff at WTOL-TV produce a hype video for the Toledo Public Schools? And, how might it compromise the staff’s reporting efforts in the future?

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Missouri senators have passed legislation to make it harder to impeach top officials less than a year after the former governor resigned while facing potential impeachment.

Senators passed the proposed constitutional amendment 25-8 Thursday.

Gayle King’s interview with R. Kelly has been described as a master class for journalists. This week, an analysis of her questions, her body language, and the discussion the conversation created. Also, Facebook’s pivot to privacy, an Arkansas newspaper publisher sues over anti-BDS pledge, and the internet’s happiest day. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Gayle King’s interview with R. Kelly has been described as a master class for journalists. This week, an analysis of her questions, her body language, and the discussion the conversation created.

The screening of ‘The Commons’ during the True/False Film Fest led to a lot of off-screen action as several students featured in the film challenged the filmmakers’ process. Was their work journalism? Or something else? Also, reaction to Leaving Neverland, reporting on a known hoax and why Google Canada is banning political advertising ahead of a federal election in that country.

From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

The screening of ‘The Commons’ during the True/False Film Festival led to a lot of off-screen action as several students featured in the film challenged the filmmakers’ process. Was their work journalism? Or something else?

Journalists in Australia covered the sex abuse trial of Cardinal George Pell for months, not sharing word of his December conviction until this week. Why the gag order? And, why are more than 100 journalists facing potential jail time for contempt or their work? Also, updates in the cases of Jussie Smollett, R. Kelly and the Alabama publisher who wrote an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to resume night rides and lynchings. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Journalists in Australia covered the sex abuse trial of Cardinal George Pell for months, not sharing word of this December conviction until this week. Why the gag order? And, why are more than 100 journalists facing potential jail time for contempt or their work?

An Alabama #newspaper publisher ran an editorial suggesting the best way to stop Washington politicians from raising taxes is for the Ku Klux Klan to ‘ride again,’ suggesting lynching as a solution. He’s been given a chance to walk those statements back, and only doubled down on them. Also, rapid developments in the investigation into attack claims by ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett, how a governor’s State of the State address turned into a story about a dress and Sinclair Broadcast Group’s new Marquee Network. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News. 

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An Alabama newspaper publisher ran an editorial suggesting the best way to stop Washington politicians from raising taxes is for the Ku Klux Klan to ‘ride again,’ suggesting lynching as a solution. He’s been given a chance to walk those statements back, and only doubled down on them.

Word of The National Enquirer’s attempts to extort Amazon owner Jeff Bezos has led to criminal investigations and offered subtle hints about his attitude toward editorial control at the Washington Post. Also, Bob Costas on his dismissal from NBC’s Super Bowl broadcast, French journalists using a secret Facebook group to #cyberbully and harass women writers and claims of plagiarism against the former executive editor of The New York Times. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

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Word of the National Enquirer’s attempts to extort Amazon owner Jeff Bezos has led to criminal investigations and offered subtle hints about his attitude toward editorial control at the Washington Post.

A tip from a “concerned citizen” has created a controversy around the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ralph Northam. Also, President #Trump discusses his take on ‘fake news’ with the publisher of The New York Times, why Snopes unfriended #Facebook and why coverage about a forthcoming cure for breast cancer might be too good to be true. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News. 


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A tip from a “concerned citizen” has created a controversy around the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ralph Northam.

Tom Brokaw has apologized for his comments about Spanish speakers and #assimilation made on Meet the Press on Sunday. But that apology has raised more questions than answers. Also, conservative commentators criticize President #Trump, saying he caved, working with Democrats to end the government #shutdown, and more than 1,000 #journalism jobs lost in a week. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News. 

Tom Brokaw has apologized for his comments about Hispanics and assimilation made on Meet the Press on Sunday. But that apology has raised more questions than answers.

Commentary: The Media and Politics

Jan 29, 2019

Earlier this month an op-ed in the New York Times entitled “Who Will Win the Internet?” caught my eye.  The author, Kara Swisher, did not begin by making the question a multiple choice quiz, and it’s a good thing, because in her column she left out the obvious correct answer: Russia.  She restricted the competition to domestic contestants and argued that the two primary combatants are President Trump and his followers and freshman Democratic Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her followers.  

Viral videos often make news, but what happens when they don’t tell the whole story? What can we learn from what happened on the National Mall this weekend between a high school student and Native American elder? Also, BuzzFeed challenged on its bombshell report about #Trump and Cohen, the effects the true crime genre has on the loved ones of crime victims, and the dark side of social media memes. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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