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How do you cover the COVID-19 virus – and all of the other news of the day – without putting your staff at an additional risk? It’s a question newsroom managers are grappling with right now.

Journalists across the United States are finding themselves affected by the spread of the coronavirus. What’s the biggest challenge facing the news media as the epidemic spreads? Also, Chris Matthews’ departure from MSNBC, the end of Judge Judy and getting the Marquee Sports Network into midwest households before MLB's opening day. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

Journalists across the United States are finding themselves affected by the spread of the coronavirus. What’s the biggest challenge facing the news media as the epidemic spreads?

Commentary: Trump Explained

Mar 3, 2020

I’m old enough to remember when Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California.  The received wisdom at the time was: How did this second-rate, washed-up actor get elected governor of the biggest state in the country?  Fourteen years later a version of this same narrative wondered how he got elected president, except the pejorative “old” was added.


Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein awaits his sentence for rape and criminal sexual action. With calls for people to keep coming forward to report misconduct, what’s next in the reporting of the #MeToo movement? Also, a departure from non-disclosure agreements, dozens of #Bloomberg supporters are blocked from #Twitter, and #Netflix says it will publish list of its most popular programs. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Monique Luisi and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein awaits his sentence for rape and criminal sexual action. With calls for people to keep coming forward to report misconduct, what’s next in the reporting of the #MeToo movement?

Former ABC News White House Correspondent Sam Donaldson endorsed Michael Bloomberg for president. Does offering such an opinion compromise a retired journalist in the way it does those still working in the newsroom? Also, McClatchy files bankruptcy, and British Prime Minister wants to end the licensing model that’s funded the BBC for 100 years. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News. KBIA 91.3 FM

Commentary: Frantic Fortnight

Feb 18, 2020

Some first impressions as things happened during a frantic fortnight:

Monday, February 3: Iowa Democrats intended to influence the presidential nominating process by being first in the nation to select convention delegates.  Instead they influenced the general election process by trying to use untested technology to report caucus votes.  It was a total FUBAR.  Republican ads will write themselves: “How can you trust a party that can’t run one state’s election to run all the business of the country?”  This is the same party that was so good at technology in 2008 and 2012.

Sam Donaldson appears at the Kaplan Fellowship 25th Anniversary Celebration.
Missouri School of Journalism

Former ABC White House Correspondent Sam Donaldson endorsed Michael Bloomberg for president. Does offering such an opinion compromise a retired journalist in the way it does those still working in the newsroom?

The Pentagon’s latest budget request to Congress includes a significant cut to the Stars and Stripes. If passed, Defense Department officials say, the money could be moved to warfighting efforts, and it could communicate to troops directly. But, would it still meet the mission of an independent press? Also, analysis of the coverage of the Coronavirus from around the globe, the launch of the new 24-hour cable news network, Black News Channel, and history made at the Oscars. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

The Pentagon’s latest budget request to Congress includes a significant cut to the Stars and Stripes. If passed, Defense Department officials say, the money could be moved to warfighting efforts, and it could communicate to troops directly. But, would it still meet the mission of an independent press?

He’s been called “grandfather of mid-Missouri media,” a nod to his decades of leadership at KBIA 91.3 FMKOMU 8 and the Missouri School of Journalism. This week, we remember this show’s creator, Rod Gelatt. He died Sunday at his home in Arizona. He was 93. Also, coverage of the #impeachment hearings, and The New York Times tries to bring transparency to presidential endorsements. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Stacey Woelfel, Ryan Thomas and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

He’s been called “grandfather of mid-Missouri media,” a nod to his decades of leadership at KBIA, KOMU and the Missouri School of Journalism. This week, we remember this show’s creator, Rod Gelatt. He died Sunday at his home in Arizona. He was 93.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reached an agreement with the rest of the Royal Family, and will spending more time in Canada. What responsibility did the British press have for their decision? Also, a call for White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham to step up to the podium from 13 of her predecessors and Oprah Winfrey pulls out of a Sundance-bound documentary targeting Russell Simmons From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News. KBIA 91.3 FM

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reached an agreement with the rest of the Royal Family, and will spending more time in Canada. What responsibility did the British press have for their decision?

Commentary: Disco Through the 2020 Election Cycle

Jan 10, 2020

Columbia College Political Science Professor Terry Smith is a regular commentator on KBIA's Talking Politics. Every few years, he looks for some musical inspiration to tell the story of our political moment. This year, it's disco.

This week, an in-depth look at the coverage of the airstrikes in Iran: why the punditry is giving some flashbacks to 2003, why we might want to think twice before throwing out words such as “assassination,” and where we’re seeing misinformation and #deepfakes slip through. Also, what audiences want from us, and how we can resolve to give them that in 2020. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

This week, an in-depth look at the coverage of the airstrikes in Iran: why the punditry is giving some flashbacks to 2003, why we might want to think twice before throwing out words such as “assassination,” and where we’re seeing misinformation and deepfakes slip through. Also, what audiences want from us, and how we can resolve to give them that in 2020. 

Is the war in #Afghanistan winnable? The Washington Post released an investigation three years in the making that shows that military strategies used over 18 years were known to be flawed. Is this the Pentagon Papers of 2019? Also, Report for America’s effort to hire 250 local #journalists, Devin Nunes newest defamation lawsuit and reactions to Peloton’s cringeworthy commercial. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News. KBIA 91.3 FM

Is the war in Afghanistan winnable? The Washington Post released an investigation three years in the making that shows that military strategies used over 18 years were known to be flawed. Is this the Pentagon Papers of 2019?

United States House of Representatives Communications

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s chronic lack of funding isn’t very surprising anymore. Just last November, Missouri voters rejected Proposition D, which would have increased the state’s gas tax by 10 cents and used the funds to boost spending on roads and bridges.

Without the additional funding, MoDOT counts on federal grant money to address infrastructure problems like the one posed by Missouri’s aging bridges.

In his Aug. 29 newsletter, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., announced that MoDOT will receive a $20.7 million federal grant for the state’s bridge replacement program. To highlight the significance of the challenges, Graves said, “The average bridge in Missouri is 48 years old—most were only designed to last for 50 years.”

The problem sounds severe and a little dangerous, so we decided to see if the numbers hold up. To a degree, they do — Graves took the sentence from the MoDOT website.

But that doesn’t mean it’s time to panic every time you drive over a bridge.

Courtesy Amy Simons

Six students from the University of Missouri's Honors College participated in a 16-week tutorial under the direction of Missouri School of Journalism professor Amy Simons on media criticism during the Fall 2018 term. For their final project, the students produced and hosted their own special edition of KBIA-FM's program, "Views of the News."

Prince Andrew sat down for an interview with the BBC this weekend, explaining his involvement with Jeffrey Epstein. Why go on the record in this way? Also, the latest from the Trump impeachment hearings, how a collaboration between Mizzou and The University of Kansas came to be, and southeast Missouri’s special place in journalism history. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.


Prince Andrew sat down for an interview with the BBC this weekend, explaining his involvement with Jeffrey Epstein. Why go on the record in this way? 

Commentary: The Impeachment Inquiry Continues

Nov 19, 2019

  

With the impeachment inquiry in full swing, I thought I’d do another daily log.

Impeachment hearings will soon be underway in the U.S. House of Representatives. What advice does our panel have for journalists covering it? Also, CBS News fires an employee for leaking video obtained while working at ABC, John Oliver comments on a series of lawsuits and an apology from Northwestern University journalism students frustrates many in the profession. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.


Impeachment hearings will soon be underway in the U.S. House of Representatives. What advice does our panel have for journalists covering it? Also, CBS fires an employee for leaking video obtained while working at ABC, John Oliver comments on a series of lawsuits and an apology from Northwestern University journalism students frustrates many in the profession.

Commentary: A Critical Look at Media Bias

Oct 29, 2019

Here’s a quick poll: Are the media in the United States biased? If your answer is “It depends,” congratulations. You have a promising future as a political scientist.

The Ragtag Film Society severed ties with The Crossing, Columbia, MO on Friday over a message delivered in a sermon that was hurtful to many in mid-Missouri’s #transgender community. Also, the author of last year’s anonymous #Trump “resistance” op-ed in the New York Times is back with a new book, the growing number of local news deserts, here and abroad, and family-friendly workplace policies that address every phase of life. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Ryan Thomas: Views of the News. 


The Ragtag Film Society severed ties with The Crossing on Friday over a message delivered in a sermon that was hurtful to many in mid-Missouri’s transgender community. Also, the author of last year’s anonymous Trump “resistance” op-ed in the New York Times is back with a new book, the growing number of local news deserts, here and abroad, and family-friendly workplace policies that address every phase of life. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Ryan Thomas: Views of the News.

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