Views of the News

Views of the News

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Each week, KBIA brings you a roundtable discussion about the media. Host Amy Simons and regular panelists Ernest Perry and Mike McKean from the Missouri School of Journalism provide analysis, commentary and criticism.
News Deserts Emerge in Urban Centers
Jul 25 • 28 min
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? Also, when candidates and…
Reaction to Trump’s European Trip, Putin News Conference
Jul 19 • 28 min
President Trump is home from Helsinki and hearing the reaction to his joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and backing off some of Monday’s statements. How much did what he saw and heard in the news media influence that? Also,…
Revealing a source to the FBI
Jul 11 • 28 min
A well-known security blogger revealed the name of one her sources to the FBI – unsolicited. It’s something most wouldn’t do without court order, and still, there are reporters who will go to jail to protect their sources. So, why did Marcy Wheeler do it?…
Media Coverage of Bourdain Suicide
Jun 13 • 28 min
President Donald J. Trump ‘s summit with Kim Jong Un was historic, but did it help more than it hurt? Plus, could too much coverage of Anthony Bourdain ‘s suicide lead to copycats? We’ll also discuss IHOP ‘s attention-getting name change and the judicial…
Print Reporters Rake In TV Bucks
May 16 • 28 min
A surprise twist in the Greitens invasion of privacy case earlier this week — did anyone see it coming? Many in the White House are trying to stop all the leaks, and not the plumbing kind. Plus, print reporters cashing in on television appearances, new…
Denver Post Editorial Page Editor Resigns, Others Follow
May 9 • 28 min
The staff of the Denver Post has an unlikely advocate: the city’s mayor. He says the city needs the Post and its staff of dogged reporters, and is helping in its fight against its hedge fund owners. Also, Tronc recognizes the new union at the Chicago…
Time to Rethink the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?
May 2 • 28 min
Maybe it’s time to retire the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? Michelle Wolf’s 15-minute act has many in our profession questioning the mission and purpose of the annual gala, and whether it’s time to put an end to it. Also, Missouri’s attorney general…
Should Sean Hannity Have Told Viewers About His Connection to Michael Cohen
Apr 18 • 28 min
Sean Hannity is a commentator, not a journalist. But that still begs the question, did he owe it to viewers to disclose he’d discussed personal legal matters before it was revealed in open court? Also, coverage of the air strikes in Syria, James Comey’s…
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress
Apr 11 • 28 min
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress to answer questions about users’ privacy on the social media platform. At least one senator inquired as to why users don’t seem clear on how their data is collected and used. Could it lead to…
Who Is To Blame: Cambridge Analytica or Facebook?
Mar 21 • 28 min
Who’s really at fault? Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, or the millions of users around the globe who relied on a social platform to keep their data safe and protected? As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is called before lawmakers in the U.S. and the U.K. to…
National Geographic Reckons With Racist Past
Mar 14 • 28 min
After more than 130 years of some of the most stunning photojournalism ever published, the editors of National Geographic acknowledged that for decades, much of that has been racist in its coverage of people of color. What spurred this confession and what…
Representation at the Academy Awards
Mar 7 • 28 min
It was the first Academy Awards of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. How did Hollywood respond and what does this year’s best picture, The Shape of Water tell us about representation of disability in the arts? Also, Sam Nunberg’s manic Monday media…
The Influence of Social Media Influencers Like Kylie Jenner
Feb 28 • 28 min
American movie-goers flocked to the fictional African nation of Wakanda. “Black Panther” has gone from studio film to the makings of a movement. Is that good marketing? Or a sign of changing times. Also, why NBC insists on mispronouncing Pyeongchang, how…
‘Black Panther’: Movie or Movement in the Making?
Feb 21 • 28 min
American movie-goers flocked to the fictional African nation of Wakanda. “Black Panther” has gone from studio film to the makings of a movement. Is that good marketing? Or a sign of changing times. Also, why NBC insists on mispronouncing Pyeongchang, how…
Catching a Flick With MoviePass
Feb 7 • 28 min
It’s prime time for moviegoers, gearing up for the Academy Awards at the end of the month. Many of them are seeing as many films as they want for only $10 a month thanks to a new subscription service called MoviePass. How does it work and why are movie…
State of the Union, Fake News, Fake Followers
Jan 31 • 28 min
President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address last night. Was it effective? We’ll discuss. Facebook says it’s going to increase the number of local news stories in your feed. How exactly will that work? Plus: Twitter bots, the Pope’s take…
Spot Fake News? Report It to the Police (If You’re In Italy)
Jan 24 • 28 min
Think you’ve spotted fake news? Feel like you need to report it to someone? In Italy, news consumers are being asked to report fake news to a police agency who will fact check it, and if need be set the record straight. It might limit misinformation, but…
Questioning the Ethics of Reporting on Gov. Greitens’ Affair
Jan 17 • 28 min
At least one Republican lawmaker is calling for Gov. Eric Greitens to resign following reports of an extramarital affair. Greitens denies details in a KMOV-TV report that he photographed the woman without her consent and used them to blackmail her. The…
The Buzz Builds Around ‘Fire and Fury’
Jan 10 • 28 min
What happens when the president’s attorney’s try to block the publication of a White House tell-all? Sales go through the roof, of course… and buzz on television and radio gets louder and louder, quite literally. Where Wolff’s reporting techniques sound?…
Greitens, Aides Use Secret Messaging App
Dec 13, 2017 • 28 min
Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in yesterday’s special election for Alabama’s open senate seat. It’s a huge win for Jones… but how big of a win is it for journalists? Also Gov. Greitens’ use of a secret messaging app, former Gawker employees seek to buy…