YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8's Decision to Break into National News

3 years 6 months 1 week ago November 15, 2013 Nov 15, 2013 Friday, November 15 2013 Friday, November 15, 2013 3:24:00 PM CST in Your View
By: Michelle Schuelke and Eric Stoyanov, KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 News broke into NBC's Nightly News Nov. 5 to air a live press conference with Ryan Ferguson's family and attorney. Some viewers sent emails to the station calling the decision "poor judgement." In this week's Your View, we take a closer look at why KOMU 8 News made the decision to air the live press conference.

The Ryan Ferguson case has been in the news for more than ten years. KOMU 8 News has continually covered the case as new details have surfaced. The coverage has included: the murder of Kent Heitholt, the arrest of suspects, the trial of Ryan Ferguson, several appeals, the Ferguson family's decision to hire a new attorney, two key witnesses retracting their testimonies, all the way up to the state attorney general's decision not to retry Ferguson.

KOMU 8 News' decision to break into NBC Nightly News sparked comments from viewers claiming the press conference was not newsworthy.

Viewer Bill Helvey emailed saying, "I can't believe KOMU stopped national news feed for local news conference on the Ferguson news conference. I'm sure it is important for some, but for most of us, the national news is precedent over the Ferguson issue. It's poor judgment for the station to think that this issue is more important than national issues."

The station's news director, Stacey Woelfel, said the story was an important development in a case that shed insight into the criminal justice system.

"Our mission, first and foremost, is to do local news and it was a chance to deliver news in a way where people could see it live, see it in it's entirety. So, no doubt about it, it was worth it," Woelfel said.

Another viewer, Ron Kennedy, called into the KOMU 8 News Your View hotline to say the content was over-reported. "You told us all about at the 5 o'clock news and you are probably going to tell us all about it at the 6 o'clock news."

Woelfel's responsed to Kennedy's call and said the content of a live conference can not be recreated by in a newscast. "What was on at five and what was on at six was put together during the course of the day, so recorded material, none of that would've served bringing the live comments from Ferguson's father and his lawyer about what had happened that day," Woelfel said.

Viewer Mary Williams emailed KOMU 8 News after the press conference and said, "How much did he pay you to break in on NBC news and do you do this if a person has NO money .I don't think so. Money talks I did not like what you did tonight, when I have to pay to watch you and I live 70 miles from you."

Viewer Raoul Velte said the national news outweighed the local news and the content could have waited to be discussed during the station's regular news hours.

"I was watching the NBC news during a National Election, and you in your infinite wisdom, cut in with a miss on a news conference about the Ferguson murder case. There is no doubt about the importance of the news but it does not reach the level of an emergency that needs to be broadcast live at the expense of missing very important national news."

Woelfel said the news conference brought light to facts in the case and, in our continued coverage, it was well worth it to cut out of national news.

"I think this was an important milestone in the coverage. You couldn't cover everything that's happened till now and not cover this so, again, a lot of places to go get that national news besides just from NBC Nightly News. Really no place else to go to get it in the way we were able to bring it"

So what do you think? Do you think we covered this story fairly? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter @KOMUnews.

 

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Fire Department says it rescued a man after he became trapped between a... More >>
21 minutes ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:55:00 AM CDT in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A Cape Girardeau institute that helps autistic people will remain open despite losing its state funding.... More >>
49 minutes ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:26:35 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Saint Louis University officials say no one was injured when a fire broke out at a... More >>
1 hour ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 6:56:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation was preparing Friday for a weekend of heavy travel. AAA predicted... More >>
4 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 4:09:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
HOLTS SUMMIT - Callaway County Sheriff Deputies arrested two men after deputies found meth, marijuana and a firearm in their... More >>
8 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:36:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Eric Greitens called for the special legislative session on Monday, and it’s costing taxpayers thousands of... More >>
11 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:51:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police are investigating whether a man who stole a pickup truck after killing a woman and... More >>
13 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 7:09:45 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts on Tuesday could decrease funding for food stamps by nearly $200 billion... More >>
13 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:38:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Pizza Tree, a local restaurant in Columbia, is participating in a national campaign that works with the non-profit... More >>
14 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 5:17:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A preliminary assessment has found about $86 million of damage and costs from recent flooding and... More >>
15 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 5:00:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man could face up to a year in prison after admitting that he... More >>
15 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:28:01 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced it will withdraw from the Affordable Care Act starting... More >>
17 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 2:56:00 PM CDT in News
PARMA (AP) — A southe ast Missouri ma n is accused of burglary after allegedly targeting a most unlikely place... More >>
18 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 1:51:54 PM CDT in News
ST. CHARLES - With no verdict reached, jurors will resume deliberating the fate of Mexico resident Serghei Comerzan on Friday,... More >>
18 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 1:21:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman is dead and a man critically wounded after shootings in St. Louis' Baden neighborhood.... More >>
19 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:38:59 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln University announced Mike Middleton as its interim president Thursday as it prepares for current president Kevin... More >>
20 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:55:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A report of a chemical smell coming from a hotel room turned out to be from white powder... More >>
20 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:24:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City's Boys and Girls Club opened its new facility after three years without headquarters. "When... More >>
23 hours ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 9:08:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 65°
9am 69°
10am 72°
11am 74°
12pm 76°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
8:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
10:00a
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
First Dates
8:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld