Your View: Viewers Question Coverage of Moberly High School Lunch Situation

4 years 1 month 2 weeks ago April 12, 2013 Apr 12, 2013 Friday, April 12 2013 Friday, April 12, 2013 9:01:00 PM CDT in Your View
By: Nick Brennan & Scott Malone
loading

MOBERLY - In recent weeks, some viewers have said on Facebook that KOMU 8 News did not effectively cover the story of Moberly High School staff allegedly taking away students' lunches if the students owed lunch money to the school.

Specifically, viewers want to know why the story did not include an official statement from the school or the school district. Nick Barnett commented on Facebook, saying, "Did you ever think to talk to Moberly Schools before you blast this out like you are? I know they weren't available Friday, so call them Monday. Pretty hard to get a good story with just one side of it."

KOMU 8's reporter Matt Evans explained his attempts to get a comment from the school and the district. "I say ‘I'd love to talk to you, let's sit down, you're the principal, you're the leader of this school, I'm sure you have insight into this.' He says he couldn't talk until he got permission from the superintendent.

"I asked if I could call the superintendent. He said he would. He called her and texted her. Never heard back from her. He stayed around for probably another 20 or 30 minutes while I shot video of the school, and then left."

MU Journalism Management Professor Mike Dunn said he would have run the story even without a true comment from the school or the district. "I would've still run the story. It may be true when the principal says I can't comment until the superintendent tells me I can comment, but that seems to be an inefficient way of doing things.

"Again: if I were looking at management structure, people who report to me, I tell them, ‘You have responsibility, you can take charge of things in my absence up to a certain point."

Another viewer, Corey Harding, said KOMU 8's student staff left out a major aspect of the story, and called the report incomplete and exaggerated. "I know you've been taught in school that a good report touches on all the major facets of a particular issue.

"The district's reaction/comment/statement is a major facet of this story, yet it was left off so the story could run incompletely. Not only is this sensationalism, it's crap reporting."

MU Journalism Professor Charles Davis explained the amount of time to wait for a statement from the school or the district truly depends on the story. "Clearly, this is not Watergate. This is a lunch dust-up in Moberly with the schools, so I'm not going to hold the story very long on a non-response.

"And I think the station probably made the right call by going on the air if the guy was pretty adamant about refusing to go on. If this story were about a waste, fraud, abuse, corruption and it started moving up the scale of severity then the further that moves up the scale, the longer you're going to wait."

"If [the school or the district] would have talked to us, the story could have been crafted in a different way," Evans said. "But he refused to. So I gave them as much time and benefit of the doubt as I could, and I even included the letter that we got from a viewer, from the school's point of view.

"So even if the school didn't talk to us, I still got that side. Even if it wasn't directly from the district, it was from a parent in that email that they sent out. So I used that in both my on-air story and my web version.

Dunn said he would like to give the school a chance to make a statement in a follow-up story, and to provide an explanation for parents and viewers.. "I know they said that this [incident] is not going to happen again. But give me an explanation. What did you put into place that means that it won't reoccur? And I would give the principal a chance to do that, or the superintendent. Whichever one is willing to speak on the record."

What do you think? Do you think KOMU accurately covered the Moberly school lunch incident? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus. Then watch Friday nights at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. as we report "Your View" of the news.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lawmakers have passed a proposal in a special session that supporters hope will bring hundreds... More >>
5 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 5:13:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A father was sentenced in federal court Friday for threatening the attorney who represented one of his... More >>
14 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 8:04:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
OSAGE BEACH – People going to Lake of the Ozarks this Memorial Day Weekend may encounter severe weather, dampening the... More >>
14 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:56:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - A motor vehicle collision left a man seriously injured Friday morning. Elmer Redcay, 62, was northbound... More >>
14 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:53:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Gas prices leading up to Memorial Day Weekend went up in Mid Missouri by about ten cents. ... More >>
15 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 6:56:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri economic development officials have authorized more than $6 million of incentives to several businesses that... More >>
17 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 5:06:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Arkansas man faces up to a decade in federal prison now that he's admitted forcing a... More >>
18 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 4:28:00 PM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A St. Louis-area woman convicted in March of secretly poisoning her son with prescription medications has been... More >>
19 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 3:13:42 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A 16-year-old has been detained following the April murder of 63-year-old Jerry Robertson of Jefferson City. In... More >>
19 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 3:12:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
ST. CHARLES - A judge declared a mistrial in the case against Serghei Comerzan Friday afternoon. Jurors were not able... More >>
20 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 2:04:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
UPDATED 5/26/17 7:01 p.m. with new information. COLUMBIA - A 4-year-old child was taken to a hospital with life-threatening... More >>
21 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 1:20:00 PM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County deputies served a search warrant at 507 N. Garth Avenue in Columbia as the result... More >>
22 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 12:28:00 PM CDT in News
PLATTE COUNTY - Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against a 25-year-old northwest Missouri man if he is convicted... More >>
23 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 11:09:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Police have made an arrest in the investigation of a suspicious death in April. A 16-year-old... More >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 10:15:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Fire Department says it rescued a man after he became trapped between a... More >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:55:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A Cape Girardeau institute that helps autistic people will remain open despite losing its state funding.... More >>
1 day 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 day 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 >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 4:09:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
11am 79°
12pm 80°
1pm 82°
2pm 82°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:30a
Wilderness Vet
11:00a
Journey with Dylan Dreyer
11:30a
Naturally, Danny Seo
10:30a
Vacation Creation
11:00a
Save to Win
11:30a
Unlikely Animal Friends

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Fast & Furious 6
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