YOUR VIEW: Parking Meter Story Causes Complaints

4 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Friday, July 26 2013 Jul 26, 2013 Friday, July 26, 2013 5:36:00 PM CDT July 26, 2013 in Your View
By: Sebastian Martinez, KOMU 8 News Producer

COLUMBIA - On July 22, KOMU 8 News brought you a story about what happens when parking meters in Columbia malfunction. Some viewers didn't think it merited coverage and thought the story was a waste of time. Reporter Lexi Spivak looked at whether the help line the city has set up to take complaints about meters was really effective. Despite multiple calls, nobody answered her call.

KOMU 8 News Content Manager Matt Johnson originally assigned Spivak to the story and he said it was newsworthy. "Well I think a lot of people use parking meters in Columbia. Anybody that lives in the city uses them on a regular basis, and I think the fact that nobody's answering the phone during parts of the day that you're required to pay the meters if you have trouble is certainly an issue that affects a lot of people," Johnson said. 

Some viewers didn't think it was worth covering. Viewer Jackie Bicknell posted this comment on our facebook page, "Hmmmm how about we talk about a real concern in Columbia. Say I don't know gang violence, murder, shootings? But no lets report on parking meters sure that will help the city!!!!"

Crime is always a hot topic that attracts a lot of attention, but it can be a touchy issue to cover. Veteran journalist and current MU professor emeritus Roger Gafke said there's a danger in always focusing on crime, and focusing on it the wrong way. Gafke said, "Being preoccupied with crime stories at that superficial level distorts the community also. There's lots more to life and in that sense a parking meter story might be entirely appropriate."

KOMU 8 News also spoke with high school journalism teacher Serge Danielson-Francois, who was in town this week for a conference at the university. Danielson-Francois, who teaches in Detroit, agreed with Gafke's perspective on crime. "News sometimes has a tendency to do superficial coverage of crime. That is, you only get a sense for perpetrators and victims but not the environment in which the crime was perpetrated, or the environment from which it emerged," Danielson-Francois said. 

So KOMU 8 News tries to pursue more comprehensive coverage when it comes to crime. Johnson explained, "We try to focus when we do focus on crime, trends in the community that maybe is effecting everybody. Is there an increase in burglaries, is there a string of burglaries in a certain area: that affects more people than just you know one specific crime."

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
BOONE COUNTY - Firefighters responded to a shed fire off of Highway 40 near Rocheport Saturday morning. Boone County... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 10:04:00 AM CST December 16, 2017 in Continuous News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials with the University of Missouri-Kansas City say students will soon have access to state-of-the-art... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:16:45 AM CST December 16, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Cat cafes have popped up across the world in cities including New York City, London and Tokyo, and... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:36:00 AM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed it has fired Trooper Anthony Piercy. KOMU 8 spoke to... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:42:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - St. Louis officers arrested a suspect that was on the run in a duplex on Sears Court in... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:29:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The application for the top education position in the state, Missouri State Education Board Commissioner, opened Friday leaving... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:02:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
BLUE SPRINGS (AP) — A commercial real estate records company based in suburban Kansas City has abruptly shut down, leaving... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 7:42:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department say a house fire that killed a cat Friday afternoon started in the kitchen.... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 7:29:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - For the past six years Ryan Shultz, the creator/owner of the Candy Cane Crib, has shared a well-lit... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 7:17:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said around half of adults in the U.S. struggle with understanding... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 6:00:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in Continuous News
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Blue Springs, Missouri, man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping a sheriff's deputy... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 4:51:08 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ten people are facing federal indictment in a $5.4 million methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. ... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 4:07:15 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Several new businesses will open in Columbia at the start of the new year. Wheely's Cafe, a... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 3:49:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in Continuous News
INDEPENDENCE - Police have now cancelled an endangered silver advisory for a 73-year-old woman with dementia who might have been... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 3:43:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Jefferson City Public School Boundaries Committee began discussions on boundary lines for the city’s new high... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 3:29:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - Holts Summit's board of aldermen met Thursday night to discuss creating a city-owned shelter. Currently, the... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 3:07:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
SEDALIA (AP) — The former administrator of an ambulance service in central Missouri has pleaded guilty to embezzling more... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 2:52:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police said a 42-year-old woman went missing Friday morning and was considered at risk because of medical conditions.... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 2:11:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 53°
12pm 53°
1pm 56°
2pm 59°
3pm 60°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:30a
Wilderness Vet
11:00a
Journey with Dylan Dreyer
11:30a
English Premier League Soccer
10:30a
This Old House: Trade School
11:00a
Campmeeting: Inspiration Ministries
12:00p
Made in Hollywood

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Will & Grace
7:30p
Superstore
8:00p
Dateline NBC
9:00p
Saturday Night Live
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