Susan emailed us about a KOMU camera videotaping at a local restaurant and bar.
Susan wrote:"I was highly disturbed to see my image on the news tonight as part of a story about bartenders. I had stopped at Heidelberg to order a salad and was not told that we were being filmed. I am NOT a drinker and it is highly offensive to me to be used like that where people I know will see it."
KOMU News director Stacey Woelfel responded to Susan saying. "I apologize for the problem with the video today. But we do not ask every individual who appears in our footage for consent--neither the law nor our ethical codes require it. There is an assumption of consent when people see the camera and do not object," said Woelfel.
"If we're going into a restaurant, we might ask a business owner if we can shoot. But as far as getting official permission or consent slips from everyone inside not really," said KOMU Managing editor Randy Reeves. "However, that said, if you come up to a reporter afterwards and ask not to be used if that's not germaine at all to the story, that's something we can accommodate."
Another viewer named Todd also shared his view with Your View.
Todd "My best wishes to Matt Flener as he starts this new chapter in his life."
Just to update you Matt took a job as a general assignment reporter with KXAN in Austin, Texas.
So, KOMU welcomed Columbia native Lauren Whitney. Lauren joins Megan Murphy and Eric Aldrich on the KOMU morning team.
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