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Critiquing Our Coverage

Posted: Mar 12, 2011 9:59 AM by Sarah Hill and Robert Kessler
Updated: Mar 12, 2011 10:59 AM

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We extensively covered President Barack Obama's visit to Macon. But the night before that visit we covered a tea party demonstration.

One viewer heard and saw our coverage and was not pleased.

"Why is KOMU's coverage of the upcoming Obama visit to Macon focused solely on the opposition from the tea party/Republicans?" Julie asked. "Many area residents are excited about his visit and are planning to rally in support of the president in Macon tomorrow. Nothing on the news about that. Report both sides of the issue."

A day before that story aired, KOMU did cover the town's anticipation of the President's visit. But was that enough?

"I think the key is to get some reflection in the pieces," Charles Davis of the Missouri School of Journalism said. "Not everyone agrees with the demonstrators would have been a very important point to make and KOMU made it in a subsequent story."

"I think the viewer has a right to have a high expectation of how we balance stories," Holly Edgell, KOMU's Executive Producer added. "I hope the viewer also understands that there are circumstances where there's going to be a little less than perfection in that sense especially when you're dealing with a really major event that really hasn't happened yet."

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