YOUR VIEW: Breed Specific Questions

3 years 2 months 1 week ago March 21, 2014 Mar 21, 2014 Friday, March 21 2014 Friday, March 21, 2014 1:27:00 PM CDT in Your View
By: Courtney Doll and Taeler DeHaes, KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

COLUMBIA - Earlier this month, KOMU 8 News reported on a bill about specific breeds of dogs.

The bill being debated in the Missouri House would prevent cities from making laws discriminating against certain breeds of dogs. 

The KOMU 8 social media team posed a question to viewers asking if animal equality or animal safety was more important. Facebook user Jeffrey Trotter didn't agree with how KOMU 8 News asked the question and posted on our Facebook page:

"That question is grossly inappropriate. It takes a position that breed specific legislation is necessary to public safety. The fact is these laws were knee-jerk reactions to the media's obsession with dogs identified as Pit Bulls."

KOMU 8's interactive director Annie Hammock noticed viewer comments and agreed the question should have been asked differently. 

"The question as it was written was biased," Hammock said. "And it suggested that you had to make a choice between either safety or animal equality and in fact, it doesn't have to be one or the other. It can be either or a combination. It's a very complex issue."

After reading viewer feedback, Hammock changed the Facebook post to include a more neutral question. She said KOMU 8 News uses social media as a way to gauge viewer reaction and makes changes when needed. 

"Well when we get criticized by our viewers we take a close look at what they're saying, and what other people are saying, and think about what we've done," Hammock said. "Is it fair? Is it accurate? And does it need to be changed? And when it does, we make those changes. And we try to be very transparent when we do."

Jim Flink, Reynolds Journalism Institute consultant, said he thinks it is important for news outlets to interact with viewers on social media. He said viewer interactions like these are learning experiences.

"You know, I think looking at every post, every tweet, everything that you do and say that's a learning experience," Flink said. "Especially at the stage that social engagement is right now, to think that you might be an expert when it's changing so fast is probably not likely."

So, what do you think? Should we have changed our Facebook post after viewer criticism?

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or email us at news@komu.com.

Then watch KOMU 8 News on Fridays at 6 for your view of the news.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA- The Columbia Police Department is joining forces with the You Have Options Program to counter sexual assault. The... More >>
54 minutes ago May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday, May 29 2017 Monday, May 29, 2017 7:26:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of about 80 inmates serving life sentences in... More >>
1 hour ago May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday, May 29 2017 Monday, May 29, 2017 6:55:41 AM CDT in News
SEDALIA (AP) — A central Missouri man has been ordered to spend 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to... More >>
2 hours ago May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday, May 29 2017 Monday, May 29, 2017 6:12:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The MU Veterinary Health Center recently added a new section - the Motion Analysis Laboratory - to track... More >>
10 hours ago May 28, 2017 May 28, 2017 Sunday, May 28 2017 Sunday, May 28, 2017 9:46:00 PM CDT in News
MORGAN COUNTY - The National Weather Service (NWS) from Springfield, Missouri has conducted a review of damage in extreme southeastern... More >>
14 hours ago May 28, 2017 May 28, 2017 Sunday, May 28 2017 Sunday, May 28, 2017 6:09:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA – Volunteer security guards and local police officers are making sure the 29 th Annual Salute to Veterans Air... More >>
18 hours ago May 28, 2017 May 28, 2017 Sunday, May 28 2017 Sunday, May 28, 2017 1:43:00 PM CDT in News
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have recovered two bodies and are searching for a third person after their vehicle was... More >>
18 hours ago May 28, 2017 May 28, 2017 Sunday, May 28 2017 Sunday, May 28, 2017 1:38:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Relatives of two of four people killed when a steam-filled tank weighing nearly 2,000 pounds (900... More >>
18 hours ago May 28, 2017 May 28, 2017 Sunday, May 28 2017 Sunday, May 28, 2017 1:33:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man who barricaded himself inside a home repeatedly fired at officers... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:54:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police say they are searching for a man who shot two people,... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:46:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A new business pushes it’s clients to their limit and has them sweating bullets. Two former NFL... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 5:06:00 PM CDT in Sports
COLUMBIA - A resettlement agency supporting refugees had a surplus in donations, so it decided to sell some of its... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:47:00 PM CDT in News
As of 6:00 p.m. 23,491 Electric Cooperative member-consumers are without power As of 5:37 p.m. Saturday, Ameren reports that... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:21:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Traditional Native American food, crafts and dancing can be found at the tenth annual "For the People"... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 3:48:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Two teens were arrested early Saturday morning in relation to an armed robbery Friday night. Columbia Police... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 3:46:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
BOONE COUNTY - One person was extricated from a vehicle and taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:53:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA— The start of the ninth annual Pedaler’s Jamboree was held on Saturday. Nine years ago when the event... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:24:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The 29th Annual Salute to Veterans Air Show is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:10:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 63°
9am 67°
10am 73°
11am 76°
12pm 79°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
2017 French Open
8:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
10:00a
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2017 Stanley Cup Final
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld