Reactions to TV Reporting

5 years 3 months 2 weeks ago March 12, 2011 Mar 12, 2011 Saturday, March 12 2011 Saturday, March 12, 2011 11:54:00 AM CST in Your View
By: Sarah Hill

Often on TV we have to find a way to explain a product or service in the fewest possible words. But sometimes we're accused of over-simplifying. MU's safe-ride program, "STRIPES," received more than 500 applications to fill a mere 150 spots for the Spring semester.

After KOMU aired this story, the STRIPES public relations manager, Andrew Worrall, complained KOMU did not describe the organization accurately in the web version of our story. The original web story said: "STRIPES" is a student-run, volunteer organization that provides free, safe and confidential rides home to MU students who've been drinking.

"The program isn't designed to only take intoxicated students home," explained Worrall. "We're a program that's just a safe ride program for anybody out there that needs a ride. If they're working late, on a bad date, anything like that. In addition to being inebriated, that's what we're there for."

KOMU rewrote the web story to read: "STRIPES is a student run, volunteer organization that primarily provides free, safe and confidential rides home to MU students who've been drinking."

"It's definitely more accurate," Worrall said. "I still think it emphasizes that we're there to take people home who've been drinking. We generally don't like to generate drinking as much as possible when we talk about ourselves. So we're a safe ride program. We're here to take people home safely, but that's it."

KOMU8's Executive Producer Randy Reeves explains the complaint was a little critical.

"I understand that they want to do other things but there's one thing they're primarily known for," he said. "In fact, it's in the first line of their vision statement on their website. They want to make sure the people don't have to wait and then make a bad choice to drink and drive."

The first line of STRIPES' vision statement says "STRIPES strives to become the most efficient safe ride program in the nation, with a continual focus on decreasing wait times...Thereby, decreasing the likelihood that a patron may make the choice to drink and drive."

"I think it just comes down to how you define primarily use our service because I would say probably close to half if not even more than half of our students," Worrall saidl. "The students that we take home have not been drinking."

"The students that I come in contact with, only know them for one thing," Reeves explained. "And that's what we said. That they take care of folks who've had too much to drink."

If you want to comment or question the way we cover the news, visit the Your View page. You can also call us on the your view comment line at 573-884-NEWS. Then watch friday nights at 6 as we report your view of the news.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Every Saturday is the local farmer's market in Columbia, but some farmers are saying the lack of rain... More >>
5 hours ago June 25, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 Saturday, June 25 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 6:37:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Breast cancer survivors had the chance to learn about resources available to them at an annual luncheon held... More >>
6 hours ago June 25, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 Saturday, June 25 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 5:16:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police have arrested two men for reportedly throwing eggs and shouting racial slurs at... More >>
7 hours ago June 25, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 Saturday, June 25 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 4:31:24 PM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — An eastern Missouri husband and wife are accused of stealing more than $300,000 from a casino after... More >>
9 hours ago June 25, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 Saturday, June 25 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 2:24:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Emergency medical personnel responded to a cardiac arrest call in the 2900 block of Leeway Drive at 6:48... More >>
11 hours ago June 25, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 Saturday, June 25 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 12:40:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — The Missouri Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against Republican attorney general candidate Josh Hawley. The... More >>
11 hours ago June 25, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 Saturday, June 25 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 11:59:06 AM CDT in News
BOONVILLE - Hundreds of mid-Missourians lined Main Street in Boonville Saturday morning to celebrate the history of the city with... More >>
11 hours ago June 25, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 Saturday, June 25 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 11:58:00 AM CDT in News
PERRYVILLE (AP) — A rural Missouri county along the Mississippi River is gearing up for visitors who will arrive next... More >>
12 hours ago June 25, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 Saturday, June 25 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 11:16:12 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon this past week signed legislation to give Missouri teachers support in working with... More >>
12 hours ago June 25, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 Saturday, June 25 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:55:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — Supporters of a transmission line that would carry wind power from western Kansas to the East Coast... More >>
12 hours ago June 25, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 Saturday, June 25 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:51:10 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a discrimination lawsuit against Springfield, Missouri-based Bass Pro Shops can... More >>
13 hours ago June 25, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 Saturday, June 25 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:41:37 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Gretchen Maune said losing her sight has made her "more fearless." She wanted to stretch herself by learning... More >>
18 hours ago June 25, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 Saturday, June 25 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 4:55:00 AM CDT in News
BOONVILLE - A train crashed into a car near the Isle of Capri Casino and Missouri River Friday night. ... More >>
23 hours ago June 25, 2016 Jun 25, 2016 Saturday, June 25 2016 Saturday, June 25, 2016 12:04:00 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A judge says attorneys for the city of Ferguson and other defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 8:47:00 PM CDT in News
HOLTS SUMMIT- The Better Business Bureau is warning mid-Missouri about a new scam, where scammers claim to represent Ameren UE.... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 7:32:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- The Boone County Fire Protection District got an upgrade on Friday. It showed off 10 of its shiny... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 7:04:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The recent heat wave in mid-Missouri has already caused problems with the roads. And now it's causing major... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 6:50:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Some drivers in Missouri could soon be rolling down the road of the future. The Missouri Department... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 6:48:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 78°
12am 81°
1am 79°
2am 78°
3am 77°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:29p
Saturday Night Live
12:02a
LX.TV: 1st Look
12:32a
Open House NYC
11:30p
Cops Reloaded
12:00a
Community
12:30a
Raising Hope

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2016 U.S. Summer Olympic Trials
8:00p
2016 U.S. Summer Olympic Trials
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld