KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Your View Your View en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 4 May 2016 21:05:45 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Your View: KOMU 8 explains social media interaction with viewers http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-explains-social-media-interaction-with-viewers/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-explains-social-media-interaction-with-viewers/ Your View Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:49:23 PM Connor Smith and Jeremy Schmetterer, KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: KOMU 8 explains social media interaction with viewers

COLUMBIA — KOMU 8 News is always trying to find new ways to reach our audience. 

Following a fatal industrial accident in Fulton, KOMU 8 News posted the story on our Facebook page that said we were looking into safety regulations. We then asked viewers what other elements of this story they would like us to look into.

One viewer commented and said KOMU should be looking into all elements already.

"Are you kidding? You're reporting the news you should have looked into all of the elements to make sure you're reporting the truth," Diana Heinecke said on the KOMU 8 Facebook page. 

KOMU 8's Target 8 Chief Investigator Jamie Greber said KOMU 8 does its best to uncover all of the facts in any news story, but newsrooms are adapting to changes in journalism.

"Journalism has gone from an output only, we give you the information and you take it as we get it, to something that's more of a cycle," she said. "We put out information, the viewers respond to it, and then we speak back and that's one of the great things about how journalism has been evolving." 

Ryan Famuliner is the news director at KBIA, an NPR affiliate. He said any newsroom needs to rely on the audience for stories. 

"Some of the best stories that we've done come from tips from people in the audience, whether it's online or on the radio, people that have literally walked into our newsroom and said, 'Here's something that I think is a story.'"  

What do you think of KOMU 8's interactions with viewers on social media? 

We want to hear from you. Let us know on our Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News at Six on Friday for your view of the news. 


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Your View: Coverage of fatal accidents http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-coverage-of-fatal-accidents/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-coverage-of-fatal-accidents/ Your View Wed, 20 Apr 2016 7:25:02 PM Caileigh Peterson and Christian Piekos, KOMU 8 Reporter Your View: Coverage of fatal accidents

COLUMBIA- KOMU often covers serious car accidents.

Following coverage of a fatal accident involving a tractor trailer and a sedan at the end of February, some viewers felt KOMU was insensitive. 

One viewer, Lori Leer, wrote on our Facebook page criticizing KOMU 8's coverage.

"I am very disappointed that the news chose to post these pictures at a very tough time. Please be sensitive to those that have loved one and their families that are involved," Leer said.

"This photo was posted before family and friends were notified, which is how my friend learned of the loss of her loved one. How insensitive to post this and assume the car's driver did this recklessly." Another viewer, Kim Nations Pool commented. 

KOMU 8 News Director, Randy Reeves, said the media has a responsibility to get useful information out to the masses.

"A traffic accident that is a major effect on a commute, on people driving, hundreds of people were backed up in that situation. A lot of people had seen it already, but they want to know why, what happened, why was there such a big back up, and really that is the newsworthinesss for us," Reeves said.

Some viewers expressed their condolences to the family and friends of the victim via Facebook.

"Facebook is where so many people get their news today and they're not necessarily coming to our website. We need to put our news on Facebook so that they have access to it. That's the reason we put a large variety of news on Facebook, not just the happy stories because our job is to inform the audience." KOMU's Interactive Director, Annie Hammock said. 

What do you think of KOMU's coverage of fatal accidents?

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus. Watch KOMU 8 News at Six on Fridays for your view of the news.

 


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Your View: KOMU 8 explores public perception of liberal media bias http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-explores-public-perception-of-liberal-media-bias/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-explores-public-perception-of-liberal-media-bias/ Your View Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:22:40 PM Melody Myers and Samantha Myers, KOMU 8 Reporter Your View: KOMU 8 explores public perception of liberal media bias

COLUMBIA — KOMU 8 News is covering a lot of politics this year with the upcoming presidential election, local elections and legislative session. 

Following KOMU 8's coverage of a Bernie Sanders event in Columbia in March, some viewers said the station was favoring one party over another. 

One viewer commented on the story and said KOMU 8 News had a liberal bias. 

"Of course you'll have more on this because everyone at KOMU is a bunch of Liberal sheep," Griffin Thomas said on the KOMU 8 News Facebook page. 

KOMU 8 News reached out to Thomas to hear his thoughts on political coverage, but have not yet heard back. 

An MU Professor said media coverage of politics may never satisfy some viewers. 

"We hear things through our own filter and in fact, I think almost no matter how careful you try to be balanced, you're going to have people that hear part of what you say or part of what's reported and not hear the rest, and that's just human nature," MU Political Science Professor Bill Horner said.  

KOMU 8 News director Randy Reeves said some people may not want to hear about the other side of an issue. 

"I think there a lot of people that watch the news that would very much like their side, their chosen side to be represented. We go out of our way every single day, every single week if its an issue with multiple sides, that we represent multiple sides," Reeves said.  

"Media outlets that are trying to be down the middle, you know, I think they're doing what they need to do which is they are interviewing people on both sides of the issues," Horner said, "If it's a political story, about a campaign, they're offering coverage about both candidates."

Horner said for the most part, media outlets offer coverage of both sides.

"I think that's what they need to do," Horner said. 

So what do you think about KOMU 8's political coverage?

We want to hear from you. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News at Six on Fridays for your view of the news. 


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Your View: How student reporters uphold professional standards http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-how-student-reporters-uphold-professional-standards/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-how-student-reporters-uphold-professional-standards/ Your View Fri, 8 Apr 2016 3:05:14 PM Jenna Middaugh and Michael Lindquist, KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: How student reporters uphold professional standards

COLUMBIA – Most viewers are aware that KOMU 8 News has many students working in its newsroom, and sometimes, that can lead to questions about how well student journalists uphold professional standards. 

In March, KOMU 8 News posted a web story after police arrested a man accused of damaging parking meters. When KOMU 8 News initially posted the story to the website, the full name of the man was not included. Only his last name was mentioned. 

We posted the story to Facebook, and several viewers noticed the mistake and commented on the post.

“Who proof reads this before they go out?” Megan Eldridge asked. 

Mark Abadir wrote, “We should hold journalists to a much higher standard for correctly reporting the news. This is the professional equivalent of an ambulance going to the wrong house and being given credit for getting close.” 

Another Facebook user compared KOMU 8 News’ journalism students to children.

“KOMU reporters are actually journalism students (children) who are ‘learning’ how to do the words good,” Mike Bellman posted.

KOMU 8 News corrected the web story and added an editor's note to say the story had been updated to include the full name of the suspect.

Bellman sat down with KOMU 8 News one-on-one to explain his comments.

“I felt when I read the news article that the story didn't really answer the ‘W’ questions: the who, what, when, where and why of the story,” he said. “And I feel sometimes that if a news story is important enough to be recorded, that it sometimes gives the public a disservice by not being the full and inclusive journalistic piece it could be.”

KOMU 8 News tries to be transparent about the fact that its reporters are students. On its website, under the “About KOMU 8” tab, it says, “KOMU 8’s newsroom creates a real-life lab experience for students attending The University of Missouri prestigious School of Journalism.”

It goes on to say, “While KOMU 8 strives to bring the best education to its students, the news station also works to bring mid-Missouri the best news coverage.”

KOMU 8 Executive Producer Josh Kranzberg said, even though the reporters are students, they are still responsible for producing professional content.

“Of course we hold high standards to our reporters. They work in an official newsroom that goes out over the airwaves,” he said. “So from a freshman to a senior, we hold our reporters and our producers and everyone in the newsroom to the highest standards.”

However, Kranzberg admits the students aren’t going to get it right every time.

“Mistakes are going to be made in any newsroom around the country or around the world,” he said. “So our goal is to obviously reduce them and make them as few and as far between as possible.”

How do you feel KOMU 8 News does as a learning lab for students? We want to hear from you. Let us know by commenting on this story, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or by emailing us at News@KOMU.com . Then tune in to KOMU 8 News on Fridays at 6 p.m. for your view of the news.


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Your View: KOMU 8 responds to coverage of religious freedom bill http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-coverage-of-religious-freedom-bill/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-coverage-of-religious-freedom-bill/ Your View Fri, 25 Mar 2016 3:08:19 PM Megan Kelly and Katie Hynes, KOMU 8 Reporter Your View: KOMU 8 responds to coverage of religious freedom bill

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Senate recently took part in the longest filibuster it’s ever seen earlier this month on revisions to a religious freedom bill, and KOMU 8 was there to cover it.

The revisions to the SJR 39 bill proposes government protection for businesses and individuals that refuse to provide services to members of the LGTBQ community if they cite a religious belief. The amendment also includes protection to shield clergy and places of worship that decline to participate in same-sex weddings.

“Currently it’s been voted out of the Missouri Senate. It’s got two months to pass out of the Missouri House and if it passes out of the Missouri House, it will go on the ballot for voters in either August or November,” said Representative Stephen Webber (D-Columbia).

KOMU 8 recently covered the bill’s process through the legislative system. However one viewer commented that our coverage was confusing.

“The story is not about a bill. It’s a resolution that would take the language to the vote of the people. And KOMU, do your job and get the information correct before you publish an article with incorrect information,” Liane Kuhn said.

KOMU content manager Matt Johnson said reporters are told if they are confused on how the legislative process works they are encouraged to ask questions. However, because it is a complicated process sometimes facts are left out. 

"What we did not include in this story is that the bill would eventually have to go to a vote of the people," said Johnson. "That was just one of many important facts in the story, but one that was left out and shouldn't have been left out. There are dozens of facts that are involved in every story, and we try our best to give our viewers context...but that doesn't always happen."

Webber said the legislative process for a bill to pass is complicated by design.

“The process is designed to be contentious and it’s designed to take a period of time. It’s supposed to be difficult for something to pass... that can make it difficult for citizens who are trying to follow it,” Webber said.

How do you feel about KOMU’s coverage on this story?

We want to hear from you. Let us know by commenting on this story, our Facebook page, or by tweeting at us @KOMUnews. Then watch KOMU 8 News on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. for your view of the news.


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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to coverage of a proposed personal finance bill http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-coverage-of-a-proposed-personal-finance-bill/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-coverage-of-a-proposed-personal-finance-bill/ Your View Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:15:42 PM Ashley Holt and Haley Hughes, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to coverage of a proposed personal finance bill

COLUMBIA — KOMU 8 News covered a proposed house bill that could change how Missouri high school students fulfill their personal finance requirement.

After the story was posted to our Facebook page, it received more than 300 comments with many viewers saying the story was inaccurate.

Susan Hayden Herbert wrote, “Uh. Someone needs to do a little research before reporting these things. Personal finance has been a high school graduation requirement in the state of Missouri since 2005. And I’ve been teaching at least that long. This is from the news station in Columbia/Mizzou? Really? Shoddy reporting.”

However, viewer Eva Dee Dorene Goss followed up commenting, “No, it is not ‘most schools’ that require this, it is ‘some schools.’”

KOMU 8’s web story explained, “The potential bill would not allow classes relating to personal finance take the place of a personal finance class. Students also would not have the option to test out.”

Currently, in some schools, this is an option. Whereas, other schools require it to be a stand alone class. 

Representation Mike Bernskoetter introduced the bill and released this statement to further explain:

“Our state education department already requires students to learn about personal finance before graduating. My legislation simply puts this requirement into statute and ensures our young people will learn these important lessons in a stand-alone class that cannot be tested out of, and that will provide more detailed instruction. It’s an important step to take as we seek to provide young people with a foundational life skill that will remain relevant and useful for the rest of their lives.”

While KOMU 8 did report the facts accurately, our Interactive Director Annie Hammock said it could have been communicated in a clearer way.

“The reporter did the story in the evening, so she was not able to speak with the representative. A story should never leave room for interpretation. I think we should’ve waited maybe until the next day to run the story,” said Hammock.

Hammock updated the original story to avoid further confusion.

How do you feel about KOMU’s coverage on this story?

We want to hear from you. Let us know by commenting on this story, our Facebook page, or by tweeting at us @KOMUnews. Then watch KOMU 8 News on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. for your view of the news.

 


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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to comments about new live streaming http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-comments-about-new-live-streaming/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-comments-about-new-live-streaming/ Your View Fri, 11 Mar 2016 12:34:32 PM Yoshi Haynie and Emma Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to comments about new live streaming

COLUMBIA - For the past few months now, KOMU 8 News has been trying to use new technology to incorporate viewer opinion. 

KOMU is now using live streaming on Facebook so viewers can offer comments and ask questions in live time. Since incorporating the new technology, a few viewers and professionals offered their opinions of the new streaming. Below are a couple of viewers' comments.

"Interactive news is the way of the future," Christopher Todrick said. 

"Wow this is cool, I love 2016," Zac Crismaru said. 

Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Missouri School of Journalism and works with students on what he calls the "next big thing". Stern said the new technology could lead to a newscast catered to viewer questions, but some risks could also be added with going live. 

"It's quite possible that things we shouldn't be seeing and that shouldn't be streamed to a live audience are going to wound up being streamed to those audiences," Stern said. 

Along with uncensored television, KOMU also runs the risk with live comments when streaming. Overall, viewer feedback has been helpful as KOMU 8 News gets used to the new technology. Some have shared their technology problems and video or lighting concerns to be fixed for the next stream. 

Many viewers had problems with the stream freezing or pausing, but KOMU 8 Interactive Director Annie Hammock said the problem is easily fixable by using newer iPads for streaming. 

Molly Murphy is a film student at Stephens College and also sees live news streaming as the future. 

"It's not going to be fake," Murphy said. "It's completely unedited, and I think there's some beauty in that."

So what do you think about KOMU 8's use of new technology?

We want to hear from you. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News at Six on Fridays for your view of the news. 

 


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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to Melissa Click coverage http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-melissa-click-coverage/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-melissa-click-coverage/ Your View Fri, 26 Feb 2016 2:37:46 PM Lauren Groppenbacher and Alex Farkas, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to Melissa Click coverage

COLUMBIA — KOMU 8’s Jim Riek sat down with former MU professor Melissa Click Feb. 15, two days after the Columbia Police Department released body camera footage of Click from October. See full interview.

After airing the video and streaming it online, viewers took to Facebook voicing their opposition to KOMU’s decision to conduct this interview.

"Maybe you should talk to the person who is in charge of firing her! She has displayed a behavior that Mizzou should not award or encourage." - Jordon Rose

"Stop giving her attention!!!!! She is an embarrassment to the university and community!!!" - Darren Totten

"REALLY??? HOW much are we as a society going to reward her bad behavior? Let's grant her ANOTHER interview. She should be suspended WITHOUT pay. And ultimately FIRED." - Shannon Wilson

Randy Reeves, the KOMU 8 news director, spoke before Click was fired from MU about the logic behind our coverage and any effect it might have on our news station's credibility. 

Reeves said he does not think KOMU 8 over-covered Melissa Click and the issues surrounding her, because state legislators were still talking about it at the time, and it is a major issue that weighed into possible funding for the university.

“We’ve got to cover it. There’s no choice,” Reeves said.

Whether KOMU covers it or not, he said, Click’s case would remain a topic of conversation until the university or lawmakers reached a resolution.

“Frankly, I think it would be a huge blow to our credibility not to cover a story that’s impactful in so many ways to one of the largest employers in our viewing area,” Reeves said.

He said KOMU 8 News reached out to MU’s Communications Department for a comment, but employees there have chosen not to talk to us.

“They have the right not to talk to us because it’s a personnel issue for them,” Reeves said. “It’s a very dicey situation where, legally, certain things can’t be said about an employee.”

The day Click was fired KOMU 8 News also spoke with Tom Warhover, the executive editor of the Columbia Missourian, which has also run numerous stories on her.

"We'll stop covering the story when the story runs dry," Warhover said. "There's no way to predict how this will continue to resonate"

He said the Missourian received multiple comments on the coverage of Click, but not on how much it has been covered.

"After Dr. Click was suspended, I realized this story was not going anywhere any time soon," he said. 

We want to hear from you. Do you think KOMU 8 News over-covered the story?

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or email us, then watch KOMU 8 News at 6 p.m. Fridays to see our Your View segment. 

 


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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to coverage of Syrian refugee crisis http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-coverage-of-syrian-refugee-crisis/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-coverage-of-syrian-refugee-crisis/ Your View Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:32:25 PM Patrick Comerford, Abby Coursen, and Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to coverage of Syrian refugee crisis
COLUMBIA - As the world continues to discuss what is best for Syrian refugees, some of KOMU 8's viewers were critical of our coverage of their displacement.
 
This past November, KOMU 8 conducted a survey asking our viewers their thoughts on the ongoing issues with Syrian displacement. In the following weeks, we ran a story that outlined the results of the survey. 
 
Some of our viewers were not pleased with our ongoing coverage of this issue.
 
James Carr said, “‘Our Facebook page is lacking engagement. How can we get out of this rut?' 'How about we ask people for the 1000th time about refugees to hear nothing but whining and fighting, and we will just call it engagement?' ‘Brilliant!'"
 
MU Islamic studies professor Dr. Nathan Hofer said the Syrian refugee crisis was worth the attention it received.
 
“Beyond the politics of it, it's so disruptive on a global scale,” Hofer said.
 
“The last time something like this happened, it basically led to the creation of the state of Israel,  and we have seen how intense the repercussions of that have been.”
 
Hofer added it is a news organization’s duty to continue coverage on an ongoing international crisis until its end in order to do the story justice.
 
“We shift away from covering stories all the time,” KOMU 8 News Director Randy Reeves said.
 
“If we think that we’ve done that story justice, and there is not much new going on, we won’t be doing that story.”
 
Reeves said KOMU has covered the Syrian refugee crisis, because even though the issue may be overseas, its impact is felt by some here in mid-Missouri.
 
"The things that are going on there with those refugees also could play a vital role in immigration policies in the United States,” Reeves said.
 
“Just in Columbia alone, we have a quite large population of people from the Middle East and other Muslim countries,” Hofer said.
 
“It's just that these are their neighbors, they're Americans, and these are their friends."
 
So what is your opinion on how KOMU covered the Syrian refugee crisis? We want to hear from you. Let us know by commenting on this story, commenting on our Facebook page or sending us a tweet @KOMUnews. Then watch KOMU 8 News on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. for your view of the news. 

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Your View: KOMU 8 responds to criticism on car crash coverage http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-criticism-on-car-crash-coverage/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-criticism-on-car-crash-coverage/ Your View Thu, 18 Feb 2016 6:17:26 PM Chris Brown & Quinn Cochran, KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: KOMU 8 responds to criticism on car crash coverage

COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 News covered a driver who crashed into the Umbria restaurant off Elm Street on early Thursday morning, Feb. 4.

Later that morning, KOMU posted the story on Facebook, saying in the headline the crash was caused by a drunk driver. Columbia Police Department arrested driver Clint Daniels for driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. 

KOMU 8 Content Manager Matt Johnson was the first to notice the digital error. "Just like with any crime you have to arrtribute the information and you have to make sure people are only suspected of a crime because until someone is convicted through the court of law you cannot say that they indeed were drunk."   

However, Daniels had not been convicted for the crime, only charged.

One of the Facebook comments read, "If you haven't confirmed the cause, why does your headline and the story state a definitive cause?"

We reached out to Mark Abadir, the viewer who made the Facebook comment, and asked him why he felt that way.

"I think it's irresponsible journalism to say somebody was drunk or say somebody was doing something until there's actual evidence from the police in there," Abadir said. "When the police arrested him, I believe it said he was suspected of drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident, but that hadn't been confirmed yet."

KOMU 8 News Director Randy Reeves said the newsroom tries to beat assumption out of the process early and often. 

"You can't afford to assume anything ever," Reeves said. "It's common in the newsroom to speculate but that speculation has to be contained to just conversation and not what we actually publish."

Reeves said in this case KOMU simply made a mistake.

So, what do you think about KOMU 8's coverage of the Umbria crash? 

We want to hear from you. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News at Six on Fridays for your view of the news.

 


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Your View: KOMU 8 responds to releasing names before officials http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-releasing-names-before-officials/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-releasing-names-before-officials/ Your View Fri, 4 Dec 2015 2:58:57 PM Stephanie Sierra and Desiree Seals, KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: KOMU 8 responds to releasing names before officials

COLUMBIA - Two weeks ago, KOMU 8 reported on a shooting that left three people dead in Randolph County. 

After reaching out to the coroners office, KOMU 8 released the names of the three involved in the shooting before Randolph County Sheriff's did.

In most news stories involving deaths, reporters aren't able to confirm information until officials annouce it. In this case, KOMU was able to get confirmation from the coroner that was able to identify and report the names of the individuals. 

In response to the early release, several viewers expressed their anger.

Tricia Cochran Sexauer wrote: "Saw on the news names yesterday and was disgusted when they said 'this isn't official' like that was going to make it better."

Similarly, Dustin White responded: "Don't worry KOMU, you shared the names a few days ago. You beat the sheriff's department to it."

It just so happened, on that same day another incident involving two people who died in a crash in Montgomery County spurred more crticism on our Facebook page.

Jimmy Dennis commented: "Quick tell us who it was. So we can all speculate and assume what happened and place fault."

Connie Fleming added: "Hope no names are released until family is notified."

We talked to Randy Reeves, news director at KOMU 8 about the decision to share the names.

"This story was of a compelling community interest and we wanted to get the information out after we were reasonably sure that everyone had been notified," said Reeves. 

We reached out to Communications Law professor, Sandy Davidson, after reviewing our feedback on Facebook to see what she thought about the ethics of KOMU 8's coverage.

"If you have any doubts, you know, if you wonder, then you have to pull back," Davidson said.

"Ethically, I think the important thing is that the family members were notified prior to the release of the information by the media."

A "Go-fund-me-page" was posted to KOMU 8's Facebook page by family members of the people involved. This page served as another piece of confirmation that the family members knew of the deaths of their loved ones. 

"You try to engage in social media as best you can, you know it's a fairly constant conversation. You try to explain to folks that we've gotten this information from people who know."

So, what do you think? Do you think KOMU 8 was wrong to release the names of the victims before officials?

The conversation does end here.  Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News Fridays at six for your view of the news.


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Your View: KOMU 8 responds to comments on campus protest coverage http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-comments-on-campus-protest-coverage/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-comments-on-campus-protest-coverage/ Your View Tue, 8 Dec 2015 9:41:23 PM Lina Young & Maria Jose Valero , KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: KOMU 8 responds to comments on campus protest coverage

COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 News extensively covered the protests at the University of Missouri campus last month. KOMU 8 News had wall-to-wall coverage the day protests broke and more than 50 different stories with diverse angles regarding the events on campus. However, some viewers criticized the coverage, calling it biased and overdone. Viewer Karen Davis said KOMU 8 News only reported one side of the story. Viewer Anita Mclntyre said KOMU 8 News kept running the same images over again.

We talked to some of the staff at KOMU 8 News to see if they could clarify why the station decided to extensively cover the story. KOMU 8's News Director Randy Reeves said they knew this story was important for the community, and they needed to make sure it was thoroughly covered.

"This was an important story that impacted more than just the campus. It is one of the largest employers in our viewing area, and this was a change of the two top officials. We felt that was a big, big story," Reeves said.

KOMU 8's Interactive Director Annie Hammock agreed with Reeves saying the story was worthy of wall-to-wall coverage.

"The University of Missouri is a core part of Columbia. There were some questions about why we are spending so much time covering something that is happening on campus. But what happens on campus definitely has a ripple effect in the entire community. In this case, the story had a ripple effect across the entire country," Hammock said.

Hammock accounted for the repetition of some images and some context in individual stories to the fact that each piece needed to stand alone. She said each story in television needs to be understood by anyone, even if they are not fully informed of the situation. This is why context is vital for each  story.

"In each individual story you still have to give some background. So, yes, there might have been some repetition so that any one story could stand on its own without having to read all the other stories," said Hammock.

Regarding the accusations of bias, Reeves said KOMU interviewed a wide variety of people who had different opinions.

So, what do you think about KOMU 8's extensive coverage of the campus protests? 

We want to hear from you. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News at six on Fridays for your view of the news.

 

 

 


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Your View: KOMU 8 answers comments on campus protests reports http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-answers-comments-on-campus-protests-reports/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-answers-comments-on-campus-protests-reports/ Your View Fri, 27 Nov 2015 2:58:07 PM Nick Komisar & Amy Money, KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: KOMU 8 answers comments on campus protests reports

COLUMBIA - The moment the MU football team announced on Twitter that it wasn't going to play until former UM Systems President Tim Wolfe resigned, the Concerned Student 1950 movement was thrust into the national spotlight. A photo was tweeted by some members of the team locking arms, with Coach Gary Pinkel backing his players. Within in a week, two top university officials resigned. 

Some KOMU 8 News viewers questioned whether KOMU 8 News covered any of the previous racial incidents on campus that lead up to the football team's involvement. 

Pam Bess emailed KOMU 8 News saying, "Hello! I am an outsider looking in, but would like to know why it took the football team to bring these issues to light? Did I miss the local news coverage of the racial issues at MU prior to the national level carrying the story? Everything seems to indicate that the problem existed for a while. Did none of the local media get wind of this independent of CNN??"

KOMU 8 News Director Randy Reeves said the station covered the story long before CNN and other national media outlet's knew what was happening. He said KOMU 8 News reported more than a dozen stories before the protests became national news.

"I think when the national media covers it, it just seems like it's everywhere at that point," Reeves said. "It's in your local news, it's on the national news, it's on your local cable channel. It's everywhere."

However, both Reeves and KOMU 8 Sports Director Chris Gervino agree the story escalated after nearly half the football team said they wouldn't play until Wolfe resigned. 

"Once the football team got involved, it really shed a light on the subject because, again, it speaks to the power of sports, the popularity of sports," Gervino said. 

Reeves also said KOMU 8 News has been covering racial issues since he's been with station and plans to cover any future issues that may arise. 

"I think our coverage of that has been fairly extensive for as long as I've been here," Reeves said. "13 years and we've been covering issues like this sporadically for 13 years."

KOMU 8 News would like to hear what you think of the coverage of the protests both before and after the football team's involvement. 

Let us know on Facebook, or Twitter, then watch KOMU 8 News on Fridays evening at 6 for Your View of the News. 

 


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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to complaint of sensationalizing http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-complaint-of-sensationalizing/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-complaint-of-sensationalizing/ Your View Fri, 20 Nov 2015 1:36:51 PM Collin Ruane and Jeremy Schrank, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to complaint of sensationalizing

KINGDOM CITY-  Last month, KOMU 8 News reported on a fatal accident on I-70 near Kingdom City. 

The wreck involved three semis and four other vehicles, killing two people. 

After KOMU 8 News learned about the accident, we posted a photo of the crash site from MoDOT on our initial web story.

The use of that photo and others from the scene upset one of our viewers who said in part, "It saddens me that the media has to sensationalize a tragic accident like this with all these graphic photos. What if one of your family members was injured or killed in this accident?"

MoDOT had first posted the original photo on its twitter feed before KOMU 8 put it on Facebook.

KOMU 8 Interactive Director Annie Hammock said the photo was used due to the photo's distance from the interstate.

"It's a very distant shot," she said. "It's difficult to make out even makes and models in the original shot, but there's no identifying factors."

The use of these types of photos can often upset viewers, especially when there's a report of a death. 

MU professor Sandy Davidson said legally the photos are okay to use and in some cases are necessary when the event affects many people. 

"When you have a major traffic wreck that has tied up traffic, it has caused traffic detours, traffic backups, that is a newsworthy story," Davidson said. 

Hammock also said it is important to make sure identifying factors like license plates are not easily visible. 

"It comes down to being sensitive to the viewer and to the family," Hammock said.  "And also to the sensibility of whether something is too graphic to diseminate publicly."

So, what do you think? Was KOMU 8 wrong in its use of the photo on Facebook? Were we being sensationalist in our coverage?

We want to hear from you. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News Fridays at six for your view of the news. 

 

 


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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to comments on ICU story http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-comments-on-icu-story/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-comments-on-icu-story/ Your View Fri, 13 Nov 2015 7:12:51 PM Sam Knef and Eric Kelly, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to comments on ICU story

COLUMBIA – Late in October, KOMU 8 News aired a story about a shortage of ICU nurses nationwide, including at Boone Hospital.

KOMU 8 reporter Alyssa Casares interviewed multiple employees at Boone Hospital to get an inside look at how the hospital operates. Some of the people interviewed chose to remain anonymous in order to protect their jobs. The story garnered a lot of attention from KOMU 8 News viewers, specifically on social media. Many Facebook posters commented on both the strengths and weaknesses of how the story was told.

A common complaint among Facebook posters was that the story focused on Boone Hospital, while the problem of ICU nurse shortages is more of a wide spread problem across the country.

KOMU 8 News reached out to one viewer who shared this opinion. Columbia resident Alex Young said he found the story to be “very informative,” and “something more people need to know about,” but would have liked to see more variety.

When asked what he thought would improve the story Young responded, "I'd say definitely view other hospitals. I was reading the article and I was asking myself does this happen all over the place? Yes she did research on- there's a shortage in the nation- but, you have a lot of students here that go through the RN program. So, where do they go?"

Casares explained her thought process in telling the story, saying, “Yes, I do think it would be beneficial to look at other hospitals, but for this story there was already so much information to put together and try to consume and to put out there into a story, that if I had to pull in another hospital from Jefferson City or any other city, I think it wouldn't be fair because who's to say Jefferson City is on the same playing field as Columbia?”

Casares did contact the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital and University Hospital in Columbia for the story. 

Now KOMU 8 News wants to hear from you. Was the story told in a fair and balanced way? What could the reporter have done to improve the quality of the story?

Let us know of Facebook, Twiter, or email us.


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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 News responds to complaint on police story http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-news-responds-to-complaint-on-police-story/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-news-responds-to-complaint-on-police-story/ Your View Fri, 6 Nov 2015 5:22:04 PM Bailey Harbit and Nick Hehemann, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 News responds to complaint on police story

COLUMBIA - In October KOMU 8 News ran a story about the Columbia Police Department's attempt to improve its image in the community. CPD participated in the nation-wide "Why I Wear The Badge Campaign."

KOMU 8 reporters interviewed CPD Public Information Officer Bryana Larimer as well as one Columbia resident. 

Some viewers felt we only focused on one side of the story. 

Angela Barnes Bennett said, "I think it is very sad that the only person you interviewed leans toward the negative. Have you ever considered focusing on only the positive? Imagine the image you could spin if you had made this idea positive."

KOMU 8 News Director Randy Reeves said hearing from the CPD as a source is a positive angle in itself. 

"That story was pretty well balanced. We talked to the police about why they wanted to do this program, why they're doing this program, and why they think it's a way to reach out and create a positive message. The idea then, was to go out and talk to other people and see what they thought. And one of the people we talked to said, 'No, it's not really good.' To me that's a positive story," Reeves said. 

However, KOMU 8 News also spoke with Missouri Curators' Teaching Professor Sandy Davidson, who thought the resident interviewed served only as a way to create conflict. 

"Sometimes it's better just to have this is the news story. And then have the opinion part as a seperate piece," Davidson said. 

We want to hear from you. Was this story worth covering? Could we have covered it better?

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or email us, then watch KOMU 8 News at 6 p.m. Fridays to see our Your View segment.


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YOUR VIEW: Was student collapsing newsworthy? http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-was-student-collapsing-newsworthy-/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-was-student-collapsing-newsworthy-/ Your View Thu, 29 Oct 2015 7:29:13 PM Conner Handel and Chris Gothner, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: Was student collapsing newsworthy?

COLUMBIA - In early October, KOMU 8 News covered a story about a Centralia middle school student who collapsed on a mile run. 

The girl wasn't conscious or breathing, but luckily, she survived.

The day KOMU 8 initially reported the story, some viewers wrote on Facebook that they did not think the story was newsworthy. 

Felicia Mae Rateliff said, "I do not understand why this is news. This is a personal matter for that student and her parents. This seems to have been posted to generate some kind of controversy and it is poor journalism". Amanda Green said, "If this was my kid I sure wouldn't want KOMU reporting it."

KOMU 8 reported the story after hearing it on the scanner and receiving a press release from the district.

"The conversation our news director and I had is because the school sent out a news release and because this girl was unconscious and not breathing, this is different than just passing out," KOMU 8 Content Manager Matt Johnson said. "That's a near death experience."

Katherine Reed, the public safety and health editor with the Columbia Missourian and MU associate professor of journalism, disagreed. She said the story KOMU 8 reported was not newsworthy.

"For me it does not raise itself to the level of a story," Reed said. "Just because a thing happens, and we hear it on the scanner doesn't mean we need to write about it."

But Johnson said there was enough public interest in the story to make it worthy of coverage.

"There was enough public interest," Johnson said. "You could tell that specifically because of the way the school was proactively trying to publicize this."

We want to hear from you. Was this story worth covering? Could we have covered it better?

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or email us, then watch KOMU 8 News at 6 p.m. Fridays to see our Your View segment.


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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to unfair use of testimony http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-unfair-use-of-testimony/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-unfair-use-of-testimony/ Your View Fri, 23 Oct 2015 11:26:19 AM Cody Crutchfield, KOMU 8 Reporter YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to unfair use of testimony

OSAGE BEACH - On September 8th, KOMU wrote a story based on an investigation report released by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. 

The report detailed the extent of the investigation so far into a condo fire in Osage Beach, which killed four children. 

In the story by KOMU, we included testimonials gathered in the fire report, many of which concluded the father of one of the children was present at the time of the fire. 

But one testimony from the report alluded the father was not at the condo at the time of the fire. 

KOMU decided to put in the differing testimony in the report to try and show both sides of the incident. 

After we posted the story on our Facebook wall, one viewer was upset we included the differing testimony. 

She wrote, "It is a news article written by a reporter quoting the fire report. The problem being what they chose to put into the article. They chose to report someone assuming the father wasn't home, but didn't include an eyewitness account of the father climbing down the balconies. The news report is unfairly written and people are bashing the father." 

The next day after the original article was written, it was updated to try and make it a more accurate representation of the investigation report. 

But according to Annie Hammock, the interactive director at KOMU, the differing testimony was still necessary to the story. 

"We moved the conflicting report down in the story, so that it was lower to give it less emphasis," Hammock said. "We did include it because it was a contradictory account and we felt that was necessary, but we placed less emphasis on it and gave it more context." 

The news director at KOMU Randy Reeves however believes the conflicting report should not have been included in the article. 

"Not everything is news worthy, and in this case, in the bigger picture, it clearly wasn't news worthy," Reeves said. 

He believes if the reporter would have looked deeper at the report and investigated more, the conflicting testimony would not be in the article. 

"You really need to scrutinize who said what and was it thoroughly investigated; can you investigate it because we don't necessarily take everything that's in a police report or in an investigation report," Reeves said. 

We want to hear from you. Was it wrong to include the differing testimony? 

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or email us, then watch KOMU 8 News at 6 p.m. Fridays to see our Your View segment.

 

 


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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to complaint on MU bias http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-complaint-on-mu-bias/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-complaint-on-mu-bias/ Your View Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:49:31 PM Phil Bergman and Landon Burke, KOMU 8 News YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to complaint on MU bias

COLUMBIA - On September 18, KOMU 8 News reported a car accident involving four MU football players.

We posted the story to our Facebook page to get viewer feedback. One of our viewers thought the story was not worth covering.

She wrote, “There are much bigger things happening in CoMo than some football players getting in a wreck. Doesn’t appear anyone was injured.”

In addition, the viewer felt the story reflected a conflict of interest toward the university.

She continued, “So does Mizzou now control the media also? Just wondering cuz I’m more worried about people killing each other on my streets instead of a car wreck.  Just sayin’.”

Though KOMU 8 News is owned by MU, staff members remain vigilant to stay independent.

Kent Collins, chair of the radio-television journalism department at the Missouri School of Journalism, said the university affiliation has never influenced the station’s news judgement.

“We don’t have to re-define news judgment based on the story, or the source, or the influence...  We play it very straight,” Collins said. “Missouri journalism sometimes isn’t as good as it should be, but it’s always straight. We don’t get influence from the outside, hardly ever.”

Tom Warhover, Executive Editor for the Columbia Missourian, said journalists are able to be independent from an outside interest, without being separate from it.

“We are members of a community, we are members of many communities,” Warhover said. “To be totally separate would actually impede our ability to cover those communities. There's a difference from being independent and being separate, and too often we conflict the two.”

Warhover said the university does not have as strong a grip on the local news outlets as many people believe.

“Mizzou does not control the media,” Warhover said. “The best source to find that out is to go to the administration at Jesse Hall and ask them if they control the news. I think they will tell you just the opposite.”

We want to hear from you. Did KOMU 8 News do right by our viewers by covering this topic? Could it have been done better?

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or email us, then watch KOMU 8 News at 6 p.m. Fridays to see our Your View segment.


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Your View: KOMU responds to complaint on e-cigarette story http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-responds-to-complaint-on-e-cigarette-story/ http://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-responds-to-complaint-on-e-cigarette-story/ Your View Fri, 8 May 2015 4:13:53 PM Arianna Poindexter and Madi Morris, KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: KOMU responds to complaint on e-cigarette story

COLUMBIA - On April 17, KOMU 8 News reported an increase in e-cigarette use among adolescents. 

We posted the story to our Facebook page to get viewer feedback, and one of our viewers thought the story had no purpose. 

He wrote, "KOMU, would you please watch a real news station and watch what stories matter to people these days."

We wanted to learn more about his thoughts so we reached out to the viewer and asked him to elaborate. 

He continued, "I saw a lot of comment on [Facebook] that people didn't understand why this is such a big issue now when we have things going on in our nation that need to be brought to light."

KOMU 8 News always strives to produce stories that are relevant to our viewers.

Randy Reeves, News Director at KOMU 8 News, said he believes the story we ran was relatable. 

"There's really only two stories that impact everybody; weather and the economy," Reeves said. "I think there is a strong argument that this particular area follows well into the economy because this is a growing business concern here and across the country. So any time it's about money, it's about you."

Ron Rowe, the strategic coordinator for the Youth Community Coalition in Columbia, said that even with the recent passing of an ordinance stating you must be 21 to buy tobacco products, e-cigarette use among children is an important issue that people in the community should be aware of. 

"Kids very much tend to be those who may go do something before they even know about it, " Rowe said. "So getting this information out to parents, out to teachers and the schools to let them understand that these aren't toys, these are serious things and we'd like people to know about this as much as possible."

We want to hear from you. Did KOMU 8 News do right by our viewers by covering this topic? Could it have been done better?

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or email us at news@komu.com, then watch KOMU 8 News at 6 p.m. Fridays to see our Your View segment.

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify information.]


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