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Teens, tired of how the news media covers stories that matter to them, take matters into their own hands. This week, a look at several teen-run news and information sources, and what they’re telling us about the Gen Z audience.

Migrant children in a Texas border facility have been living in squalor, without access to sanitation supplies such as soap and toothpaste. Reporters’ access to the facility, and others like it, has been limited, making reporting on the conditions difficult.

Why didn’t NBC run Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein story last summer when it could? Why did the network encourage him to find another outlet for the piece? It seems Farrow, his producer and the network’s chairman have different takes as to why.

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Who is unhinged? It’s the title of Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s new book and it’s got just about everyone – including the president – talking. We’ll talk about how the hype built up through the week and why it’s not really selling.

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Layoffs at Tronc’s New York Daily News nearly decimated the newspaper’s staff, leaving some to claim the nation’s biggest city a local news desert. How can it be that local news is dying in a city of more than 10 million people?

Cheri Reisch Unblocks on Twitter the Man Who Sued Her

Jul 18, 2018

State Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch, R-Hallsville has unblocked on Twitter the man who sued her in federal court for allegedly violating his right to free speech in a public forum.

She called the lawsuit frivolous and said Michael Campbell, the man suing her, has never tried to actually communicate with her.

In a written statement circulated Tuesday, Reisch said, “Despite the fact Mr. Campbell has no real intention of communicating with me in a meaningful way, I have unblocked him on Twitter.”

Russia Used Twitter to Spread Misinformation during the 2015 MU Protests

Feb 15, 2018

At the height of the 2015 protests, Columbia provided a perfect breeding ground for a Kremlin Twitter disinformation campaign, said Mike Kearney, an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The campaign was of the same strategy used to influence the 2016 presidential election, according to a report in the winter 2017 Strategic Studies Quarterly, a peer-reviewed strategic journal of the U.S. Air Force. The campaign was deployed to incite confusion and polarization around the United States, as well as degrade public trust in news media.

Columbia Public Schools Block Twitter Use

Oct 22, 2015

As of Monday, Columbia Public Schools students were no longer able to access Twitter at school through the district Wi-Fi.

“It came to our attention that there were a couple of things coming through on Twitter that we didn’t want coming through,” CPS spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said. “So we have temporarily included Twitter in our filter so that it cannot be accessed.”

Teachers commonly use Twitter as a part of their curriculum, which is why the site wasn’t blocked like Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.

Baumstark says the instructional technology staff is speaking with teachers about what they need when it comes to Twitter. She says the district plans on adjusting the filter to suit those needs.

@hillary is not @HillaryClinton. Her Twitter bio once noted as much, but that was "mostly just for a bit of cheek," @hillary herself admits.

Hillary Hartley joined Twitter back in 2006. As an early adopter, she was able to grab @hillary as her handle. For comparison, the @HillaryClinton account was created in 2013.

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We are all C-SPAN now. Two new apps hit the market in the last few weeks that make it possible to live stream footage straight from your mobile phone, and share it through Twitter. Meerkat and Periscope are both free to download, and journalists are already starting to explore new ways to deliver content instantly. Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the issue on the weekly media criticism program, Views of the News. 

For more, follow Views of the News on  Facebook ,  Twitter, and  YouTube.  


Update: After least four says of of denial of service attacks, the main St. Louis County government website was restored on Monday, August 18. Work was still continuing on restoring auxiliary sites.

Updated at 12:30 on Friday August 15 with the latest on the St. Louis County website.

When Antonio French noticed social media activity bubbling up about Michael Brown’s shooting death last weekend, the St. Louis alderman got in his car and drove to Ferguson. 

What he said he saw was striking: Police from neighboring municipalities had formed a “human shield” around the scene. Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, was screaming and crying over not knowing what happened to her 18-year-old son. And Brown’s body was still in the street after being shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer.

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Last week Chancellor Loftin joined us on Intersection for a big-think conversation on his vision for MU, a fiscal path forwards, and steps the University is taking to keep students safe. His professional qualifications were readily known when he arrived on campus, but what much of MU was not expecting was a quirky and engaging Twitter aficionado. As the semester winds to a close, KBIA's Andrew Gibson compiled some of the Chancellor's finest Twitter moments. 

Pope Francis released his first encyclical this morning, completeing the work that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had begun.

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Social media pioneer Andy Carvin drew high praise from fellow journalists for his coverage of the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria.  The NPR reporter and strategist tracked the Arab Spring events in real time, from thousands of miles away in Washington.

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University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose wants to hear from his students on Twitter.

Ambrose is hosting a two-hour "Tweet Chat" with students at the Warrensburg school starting at noon Tuesday.

The school says anyone interested in the university is also welcome to participate.
More than 1,600 people follow Ambrose on Twitter, where he is known as @UCMAmbrose. Tuesday's event will be his first live chat using the format.

Last year, the University of Missouri School of  Journalism gave eight individuals the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

Earlier this month, the University of Missouri School of  Journalism gave eight individuals the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.