KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Your View Your View en-us Copyright 2020, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 17 Feb 2020 HH:02:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Your View: KOMU explains reporter interaction with viewers https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-explains-reporter-interaction-with-viewers/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-explains-reporter-interaction-with-viewers/ Your View Fri, 28 Oct 2016 1:28:42 AM Lauren Barnas and Henrik Birkbak, KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: KOMU explains reporter interaction with viewers

COLUMBIA - With unlimited internet access at our fingertips, is there such a thing as too much online discussion? KOMU looked into reporter-viewer interaction on social media after one reporter was criticized for responding to questions about her story on Facebook.

On October 6, a story about minimum wage hit KOMU's Facebook page. Almost immediately readers had questions about this quote from minimum wage worker Deanthony Simmons:
"The money that I make actually just allows me to do small things, such as going to the movies or go bowling. It doesn't really help attribute to paying my bills," Simmons said.
Several Facebook users responded.
"Did that guy say his income doesn't pay the bills, he instead uses it to go to the movies?" Kyle Murphy asked.
The reporter on the story, Felesha Lee, responded saying, "He is also a student. His parents help him out and he takes out loans. Thanks for watching!" 
Michelle Thompson didn't like Lee's response.
"I want to know if there is a reason that Felesha Lee seems to be getting rude in her replies to people on here, seems kind of unprofessional of her," Thompson said.
But Lee said she had good intentions, "Using the internet it's hard to determine people's tone in the first place whenever you're talking to them."
"Whenever I went to clarify, some people didn't take me responding as well as others. But I did want to make sure that I added context to the story because I know that it was my fault that it was not included in the first place," Lee said.
That's why the KOMU 8 Interactive Director prefers student reporters go to management before responding to social media posts.
"I do believe that when she used an exclamation point at the end of her first sentence, the emphasis of that exclamation point could change the perception of that sentence," Annie Hammock said.
But Felesha Lee is not a big fan of being edited on her personal Facebook account.
"Social media is where the viewers get to interact with me and my personality so I don't want that part of me to be edited because I'm already scripted on TV."
But there is one big difference between KOMU reporters and most others.
"Reporters that are going to be on the job for a year or two years or three years develop relationships with their audience that our students are not here long enough to do," Hammock said. 

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Your View: KOMU addresses confusion following Missouri's gun law story https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-addresses-confusion-following-missouri-s-gun-law-story/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-addresses-confusion-following-missouri-s-gun-law-story/ Your View Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:35:33 PM Simone Terndrup and Paxton DiBlasi, KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: KOMU addresses confusion following Missouri's gun law story

COLUMBIA – KOMU 8 did a story in September involving a new gun law in Missouri. There was some confusion in KOMU 8’s coverage as to the specifics of the state’s conceal and carry policy.

Starting January 1, 2017, Missourians will be able to conceal and carry their guns without a permit.

Gov. Jay Nixon had originally vetoed the measure, but the Republican-held legislature overrode his veto.

Missouri is joining a short list of states to allow anyone who can purchase a gun to conceal and carry it without a permit or training. The law currently allows people to open carry their weapons in public.

Jim Hill, who works at Target Masters in Columbia and is a conceal and carry instructor said: “Legally you can open carry in Missouri. So, if you want to put on a holster like I've got right here and carry the gun down the street that's totally legal. If you've got the hard card from going through the class you can carry in Missouri and 34 other states."

The Missouri Attorney General’s website has a map showing the states that honor five year conceal and carry permit and a link to the new law. Missouri also offers a lifetime permit.

After KOMU's initial story, Dana Sewell asked on the station's Facebook page about the need for a lifetime permit after the start of 2017.

She asked, “Why anyone would want to buy Lifetime permit when after January 1st no permit is needed the answer I got was because they are honored in other states. According to a different TV station that is not true anything beyond a five-year permit is not honored in any other state so again why would anyone want to pay $500 for a lifetime permit that means nothing after January 1st?.”

KOMU 8 found out Sewell wasn’t the only person left with questions on the complex bill.

"I agree with that viewer. That is so confusing. That is the first question i asked the reporter. Why would you get a permit if you no longer need a permit."

We took the viewer's question back to Hill, who explained that the lifetime permit is only good in Missouri. He could understand the viewer’s confusion. After the first of the year, people can constitutionally carry which allows them to carry their weapon without any permit or training. Hill said there are still some benefits to getting a permit.

"It gives you a little more freedom in general,” Hill said. “It allows you to drop of junior at the public school with your gun on you, where, with a constitutional carry, that has to be locked up somewhere.”

KOMU’s chief investigator Jamie Grey explained why she believes there was a gap in KOMU's coverage.

"Unfortunately in television news, our deadlines come fast. They come six times a day at KOMU 8 and we can’t get the answer to every question before that deadline happens. So we do the best we can and get the most that we can by deadline and of course continue to follow up."

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Your View: KOMU 8 reviews social media policy https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-reviews-social-media-policy/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-reviews-social-media-policy/ Your View Wed, 5 Oct 2016 12:47:35 PM Christina Salonikas and Emma Balkenbush, KOMU 8 Reporter Your View: KOMU 8 reviews social media policy

COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 reported on a story about racial harassment from the Legion of Black Collegians on Sept. 28th.

After posting the story to Facebook, there were several story comments KOMU 8 found to be inappropriate.

KOMU 8's Interactive Director, Annie Hammock created a community guidelines policy that allows the station to take down comments. Those include "f-bombs, racial slurs, inappropriate sexual content, obvious spam and direct personal threats against other community members."

Hammock said KOMU 8 monitors the content what people would be most offended by.

Several Facebook users responded to the deleted post:

"No respect of the 1st amendment anymore than the 2nd." -Rock Juncanson

"It's obviously becoming nothing more than propaganda. Don't worry, Rock. KOMU will fall the way of the dinosaur just as parent Mizzou will be a second rate community college in a few more years." -Clay Burkett

"What's wrong with this picture channel 8 - freedom of speech got your panties in a bunch? If you can't take it get off the internet!" -Kent Durk

KOMU 8 spoke with several people who support the station's decisions to take down the comments.

Columbia visitor, Jim Meyer, said "You have the right to take down anything on your page. I just think it's unwise to take it down if it's because you disagree with it." 

Columbia resident Oliver Clark said he agrees with with Meyer. 

"I believe you have the ability to make whatever changes you choose to since it's your site," Clark said. 

Hammock said KOMU 8 allows comments that include mild cursing and statements that might offend people.

"The reason we do that is we feel that our community conversation should be organic and that it's not our responsibility to censor comments we don't want to censor unnecessarily," Hammock said. 

She said KOMU 8 leaves up many comments that are disagreeable to many people to promote conversation. 

"We don't remove stuff because it's an opinion, but because it's particularly offensive language," Hammock said. 

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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to fire coverage https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-fire-coverage/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-fire-coverage/ Your View Thu, 28 Apr 2016 5:17:02 PM Amber Smith and Dani Sureck, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to fire coverage

BOONE COUNTY - KOMU 8 reported about a house fire in Boone County on the evening of Saturday, April 16. In the story, KOMU 8 mentioned three dogs died in the fire.

After the story was posted, viewers took to Facebook voicing their opposition to KOMU 8's coverage regarding how the story did not mention any effort towards saving the dogs.

"KOMU did not indicate that they tried and I find it strange that they lost all three dogs. If they tried well that is truly heroic and good for your husband for trying to save your neighbors pets." - Diane Barrale Bongard.

KOMU 8's reporter Collin Ruane covered the story.

"All we knew was that it was a pretty big fire, lots of units responding, lots of fire trucks," Ruane said. "All the fire officials told me was that three dogs had died and that was all we really knew. We didn't know whether they were able to help or anything like that."

After more comments about the coverage, Ruane posted a Facebook response to Bongard.

"I reported all the details officials were able to give reporters on the scene." - Ruane.

Ruane said the officials shared all the information they could at the scene before returning to their investigation.

Jamie Grey, KOMU 8 managing editor, said when covering breaking news, people in the community often know more than what officials are able to tell reporters.

"We always welcome viewer comments and it might help us track down additional information," Grey said.

"Later we found out from a relative of the folks who lost their home that they did try to get them out and the fire was just too big to try and fight themselves," Ruane said.

Now KOMU 8 wants to hear from you. Was the story told in a fair and balanced way? What could the reporter have done to improve the quality of the story?

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or email us.

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Your View: KOMU 8 explains social media interaction with viewers https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-explains-social-media-interaction-with-viewers/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-explains-social-media-interaction-with-viewers/ Your View Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:49:23 PM Connor Smith and Jeremy Schmetterer, KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: KOMU 8 explains social media interaction with viewers

COLUMBIA — KOMU 8 News is always trying to find new ways to reach our audience. 

Following a fatal industrial accident in Fulton, KOMU 8 News posted the story on our Facebook page that said we were looking into safety regulations. We then asked viewers what other elements of this story they would like us to look into.

One viewer commented and said KOMU should be looking into all elements already.

"Are you kidding? You're reporting the news you should have looked into all of the elements to make sure you're reporting the truth," Diana Heinecke said on the KOMU 8 Facebook page. 

KOMU 8's Target 8 Chief Investigator Jamie Greber said KOMU 8 does its best to uncover all of the facts in any news story, but newsrooms are adapting to changes in journalism.

"Journalism has gone from an output only, we give you the information and you take it as we get it, to something that's more of a cycle," she said. "We put out information, the viewers respond to it, and then we speak back and that's one of the great things about how journalism has been evolving." 

Ryan Famuliner is the news director at KBIA, an NPR affiliate. He said any newsroom needs to rely on the audience for stories. 

"Some of the best stories that we've done come from tips from people in the audience, whether it's online or on the radio, people that have literally walked into our newsroom and said, 'Here's something that I think is a story.'"  

What do you think of KOMU 8's interactions with viewers on social media? 

We want to hear from you. Let us know on our Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News at Six on Friday for your view of the news. 

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Your View: Coverage of fatal accidents https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-coverage-of-fatal-accidents/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-coverage-of-fatal-accidents/ Your View Wed, 20 Apr 2016 7:25:02 PM Caileigh Peterson and Christian Piekos, KOMU 8 Reporter Your View: Coverage of fatal accidents

COLUMBIA- KOMU often covers serious car accidents.

Following coverage of a fatal accident involving a tractor trailer and a sedan at the end of February, some viewers felt KOMU was insensitive. 

One viewer, Lori Leer, wrote on our Facebook page criticizing KOMU 8's coverage.

"I am very disappointed that the news chose to post these pictures at a very tough time. Please be sensitive to those that have loved one and their families that are involved," Leer said.

"This photo was posted before family and friends were notified, which is how my friend learned of the loss of her loved one. How insensitive to post this and assume the car's driver did this recklessly." Another viewer, Kim Nations Pool commented. 

KOMU 8 News Director, Randy Reeves, said the media has a responsibility to get useful information out to the masses.

"A traffic accident that is a major effect on a commute, on people driving, hundreds of people were backed up in that situation. A lot of people had seen it already, but they want to know why, what happened, why was there such a big back up, and really that is the newsworthinesss for us," Reeves said.

Some viewers expressed their condolences to the family and friends of the victim via Facebook.

"Facebook is where so many people get their news today and they're not necessarily coming to our website. We need to put our news on Facebook so that they have access to it. That's the reason we put a large variety of news on Facebook, not just the happy stories because our job is to inform the audience." KOMU's Interactive Director, Annie Hammock said. 

What do you think of KOMU's coverage of fatal accidents?

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus. Watch KOMU 8 News at Six on Fridays for your view of the news.


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Your View: KOMU 8 explores public perception of liberal media bias https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-explores-public-perception-of-liberal-media-bias/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-explores-public-perception-of-liberal-media-bias/ Your View Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:22:40 PM Melody Myers and Samantha Myers, KOMU 8 Reporter Your View: KOMU 8 explores public perception of liberal media bias

COLUMBIA — KOMU 8 News is covering a lot of politics this year with the upcoming presidential election, local elections and legislative session. 

Following KOMU 8's coverage of a Bernie Sanders event in Columbia in March, some viewers said the station was favoring one party over another. 

One viewer commented on the story and said KOMU 8 News had a liberal bias. 

"Of course you'll have more on this because everyone at KOMU is a bunch of Liberal sheep," Griffin Thomas said on the KOMU 8 News Facebook page. 

KOMU 8 News reached out to Thomas to hear his thoughts on political coverage, but have not yet heard back. 

An MU Professor said media coverage of politics may never satisfy some viewers. 

"We hear things through our own filter and in fact, I think almost no matter how careful you try to be balanced, you're going to have people that hear part of what you say or part of what's reported and not hear the rest, and that's just human nature," MU Political Science Professor Bill Horner said.  

KOMU 8 News director Randy Reeves said some people may not want to hear about the other side of an issue. 

"I think there a lot of people that watch the news that would very much like their side, their chosen side to be represented. We go out of our way every single day, every single week if its an issue with multiple sides, that we represent multiple sides," Reeves said.  

"Media outlets that are trying to be down the middle, you know, I think they're doing what they need to do which is they are interviewing people on both sides of the issues," Horner said, "If it's a political story, about a campaign, they're offering coverage about both candidates."

Horner said for the most part, media outlets offer coverage of both sides.

"I think that's what they need to do," Horner said. 

So what do you think about KOMU 8's political coverage?

We want to hear from you. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News at Six on Fridays for your view of the news. 

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Your View: How student reporters uphold professional standards https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-how-student-reporters-uphold-professional-standards/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-how-student-reporters-uphold-professional-standards/ Your View Fri, 8 Apr 2016 3:05:14 PM Jenna Middaugh and Michael Lindquist, KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: How student reporters uphold professional standards

COLUMBIA – Most viewers are aware that KOMU 8 News has many students working in its newsroom, and sometimes, that can lead to questions about how well student journalists uphold professional standards. 

In March, KOMU 8 News posted a web story after police arrested a man accused of damaging parking meters. When KOMU 8 News initially posted the story to the website, the full name of the man was not included. Only his last name was mentioned. 

We posted the story to Facebook, and several viewers noticed the mistake and commented on the post.

“Who proof reads this before they go out?” Megan Eldridge asked. 

Mark Abadir wrote, “We should hold journalists to a much higher standard for correctly reporting the news. This is the professional equivalent of an ambulance going to the wrong house and being given credit for getting close.” 

Another Facebook user compared KOMU 8 News’ journalism students to children.

“KOMU reporters are actually journalism students (children) who are ‘learning’ how to do the words good,” Mike Bellman posted.

KOMU 8 News corrected the web story and added an editor's note to say the story had been updated to include the full name of the suspect.

Bellman sat down with KOMU 8 News one-on-one to explain his comments.

“I felt when I read the news article that the story didn't really answer the ‘W’ questions: the who, what, when, where and why of the story,” he said. “And I feel sometimes that if a news story is important enough to be recorded, that it sometimes gives the public a disservice by not being the full and inclusive journalistic piece it could be.”

KOMU 8 News tries to be transparent about the fact that its reporters are students. On its website, under the “About KOMU 8” tab, it says, “KOMU 8’s newsroom creates a real-life lab experience for students attending The University of Missouri prestigious School of Journalism.”

It goes on to say, “While KOMU 8 strives to bring the best education to its students, the news station also works to bring mid-Missouri the best news coverage.”

KOMU 8 Executive Producer Josh Kranzberg said, even though the reporters are students, they are still responsible for producing professional content.

“Of course we hold high standards to our reporters. They work in an official newsroom that goes out over the airwaves,” he said. “So from a freshman to a senior, we hold our reporters and our producers and everyone in the newsroom to the highest standards.”

However, Kranzberg admits the students aren’t going to get it right every time.

“Mistakes are going to be made in any newsroom around the country or around the world,” he said. “So our goal is to obviously reduce them and make them as few and as far between as possible.”

How do you feel KOMU 8 News does as a learning lab for students? We want to hear from you. Let us know by commenting on this story, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or by emailing us at News@KOMU.com . Then tune in to KOMU 8 News on Fridays at 6 p.m. for your view of the news.

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Your View: KOMU 8 responds to coverage of religious freedom bill https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-coverage-of-religious-freedom-bill/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-coverage-of-religious-freedom-bill/ Your View Fri, 25 Mar 2016 3:08:19 PM Megan Kelly and Katie Hynes, KOMU 8 Reporter Your View: KOMU 8 responds to coverage of religious freedom bill

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Senate recently took part in the longest filibuster it’s ever seen earlier this month on revisions to a religious freedom bill, and KOMU 8 was there to cover it.

The revisions to the SJR 39 bill proposes government protection for businesses and individuals that refuse to provide services to members of the LGTBQ community if they cite a religious belief. The amendment also includes protection to shield clergy and places of worship that decline to participate in same-sex weddings.

“Currently it’s been voted out of the Missouri Senate. It’s got two months to pass out of the Missouri House and if it passes out of the Missouri House, it will go on the ballot for voters in either August or November,” said Representative Stephen Webber (D-Columbia).

KOMU 8 recently covered the bill’s process through the legislative system. However one viewer commented that our coverage was confusing.

“The story is not about a bill. It’s a resolution that would take the language to the vote of the people. And KOMU, do your job and get the information correct before you publish an article with incorrect information,” Liane Kuhn said.

KOMU content manager Matt Johnson said reporters are told if they are confused on how the legislative process works they are encouraged to ask questions. However, because it is a complicated process sometimes facts are left out. 

"What we did not include in this story is that the bill would eventually have to go to a vote of the people," said Johnson. "That was just one of many important facts in the story, but one that was left out and shouldn't have been left out. There are dozens of facts that are involved in every story, and we try our best to give our viewers context...but that doesn't always happen."

Webber said the legislative process for a bill to pass is complicated by design.

“The process is designed to be contentious and it’s designed to take a period of time. It’s supposed to be difficult for something to pass... that can make it difficult for citizens who are trying to follow it,” Webber said.

How do you feel about KOMU’s coverage on this story?

We want to hear from you. Let us know by commenting on this story, our Facebook page, or by tweeting at us @KOMUnews. Then watch KOMU 8 News on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. for your view of the news.

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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to coverage of a proposed personal finance bill https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-coverage-of-a-proposed-personal-finance-bill/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-coverage-of-a-proposed-personal-finance-bill/ Your View Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:15:42 PM Ashley Holt and Haley Hughes, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to coverage of a proposed personal finance bill

COLUMBIA — KOMU 8 News covered a proposed house bill that could change how Missouri high school students fulfill their personal finance requirement.

After the story was posted to our Facebook page, it received more than 300 comments with many viewers saying the story was inaccurate.

Susan Hayden Herbert wrote, “Uh. Someone needs to do a little research before reporting these things. Personal finance has been a high school graduation requirement in the state of Missouri since 2005. And I’ve been teaching at least that long. This is from the news station in Columbia/Mizzou? Really? Shoddy reporting.”

However, viewer Eva Dee Dorene Goss followed up commenting, “No, it is not ‘most schools’ that require this, it is ‘some schools.’”

KOMU 8’s web story explained, “The potential bill would not allow classes relating to personal finance take the place of a personal finance class. Students also would not have the option to test out.”

Currently, in some schools, this is an option. Whereas, other schools require it to be a stand alone class. 

Representation Mike Bernskoetter introduced the bill and released this statement to further explain:

“Our state education department already requires students to learn about personal finance before graduating. My legislation simply puts this requirement into statute and ensures our young people will learn these important lessons in a stand-alone class that cannot be tested out of, and that will provide more detailed instruction. It’s an important step to take as we seek to provide young people with a foundational life skill that will remain relevant and useful for the rest of their lives.”

While KOMU 8 did report the facts accurately, our Interactive Director Annie Hammock said it could have been communicated in a clearer way.

“The reporter did the story in the evening, so she was not able to speak with the representative. A story should never leave room for interpretation. I think we should’ve waited maybe until the next day to run the story,” said Hammock.

Hammock updated the original story to avoid further confusion.

How do you feel about KOMU’s coverage on this story?

We want to hear from you. Let us know by commenting on this story, our Facebook page, or by tweeting at us @KOMUnews. Then watch KOMU 8 News on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. for your view of the news.


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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to comments about new live streaming https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-comments-about-new-live-streaming/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-comments-about-new-live-streaming/ Your View Fri, 11 Mar 2016 12:34:32 PM Yoshi Haynie and Emma Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to comments about new live streaming

COLUMBIA - For the past few months now, KOMU 8 News has been trying to use new technology to incorporate viewer opinion. 

KOMU is now using live streaming on Facebook so viewers can offer comments and ask questions in live time. Since incorporating the new technology, a few viewers and professionals offered their opinions of the new streaming. Below are a couple of viewers' comments.

"Interactive news is the way of the future," Christopher Todrick said. 

"Wow this is cool, I love 2016," Zac Crismaru said. 

Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Missouri School of Journalism and works with students on what he calls the "next big thing". Stern said the new technology could lead to a newscast catered to viewer questions, but some risks could also be added with going live. 

"It's quite possible that things we shouldn't be seeing and that shouldn't be streamed to a live audience are going to wound up being streamed to those audiences," Stern said. 

Along with uncensored television, KOMU also runs the risk with live comments when streaming. Overall, viewer feedback has been helpful as KOMU 8 News gets used to the new technology. Some have shared their technology problems and video or lighting concerns to be fixed for the next stream. 

Many viewers had problems with the stream freezing or pausing, but KOMU 8 Interactive Director Annie Hammock said the problem is easily fixable by using newer iPads for streaming. 

Molly Murphy is a film student at Stephens College and also sees live news streaming as the future. 

"It's not going to be fake," Murphy said. "It's completely unedited, and I think there's some beauty in that."

So what do you think about KOMU 8's use of new technology?

We want to hear from you. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News at Six on Fridays for your view of the news. 


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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to Melissa Click coverage https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-melissa-click-coverage/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-melissa-click-coverage/ Your View Fri, 26 Feb 2016 2:37:46 PM Lauren Groppenbacher and Alex Farkas, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to Melissa Click coverage

COLUMBIA — KOMU 8’s Jim Riek sat down with former MU professor Melissa Click Feb. 15, two days after the Columbia Police Department released body camera footage of Click from October. See full interview.

After airing the video and streaming it online, viewers took to Facebook voicing their opposition to KOMU’s decision to conduct this interview.

"Maybe you should talk to the person who is in charge of firing her! She has displayed a behavior that Mizzou should not award or encourage." - Jordon Rose

"Stop giving her attention!!!!! She is an embarrassment to the university and community!!!" - Darren Totten

"REALLY??? HOW much are we as a society going to reward her bad behavior? Let's grant her ANOTHER interview. She should be suspended WITHOUT pay. And ultimately FIRED." - Shannon Wilson

Randy Reeves, the KOMU 8 news director, spoke before Click was fired from MU about the logic behind our coverage and any effect it might have on our news station's credibility. 

Reeves said he does not think KOMU 8 over-covered Melissa Click and the issues surrounding her, because state legislators were still talking about it at the time, and it is a major issue that weighed into possible funding for the university.

“We’ve got to cover it. There’s no choice,” Reeves said.

Whether KOMU covers it or not, he said, Click’s case would remain a topic of conversation until the university or lawmakers reached a resolution.

“Frankly, I think it would be a huge blow to our credibility not to cover a story that’s impactful in so many ways to one of the largest employers in our viewing area,” Reeves said.

He said KOMU 8 News reached out to MU’s Communications Department for a comment, but employees there have chosen not to talk to us.

“They have the right not to talk to us because it’s a personnel issue for them,” Reeves said. “It’s a very dicey situation where, legally, certain things can’t be said about an employee.”

The day Click was fired KOMU 8 News also spoke with Tom Warhover, the executive editor of the Columbia Missourian, which has also run numerous stories on her.

"We'll stop covering the story when the story runs dry," Warhover said. "There's no way to predict how this will continue to resonate"

He said the Missourian received multiple comments on the coverage of Click, but not on how much it has been covered.

"After Dr. Click was suspended, I realized this story was not going anywhere any time soon," he said. 

We want to hear from you. Do you think KOMU 8 News over-covered the story?

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or email us, then watch KOMU 8 News at 6 p.m. Fridays to see our Your View segment. 


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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to coverage of Syrian refugee crisis https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-coverage-of-syrian-refugee-crisis/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-coverage-of-syrian-refugee-crisis/ Your View Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:32:25 PM Patrick Comerford, Abby Coursen, and Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to coverage of Syrian refugee crisis
COLUMBIA - As the world continues to discuss what is best for Syrian refugees, some of KOMU 8's viewers were critical of our coverage of their displacement.
This past November, KOMU 8 conducted a survey asking our viewers their thoughts on the ongoing issues with Syrian displacement. In the following weeks, we ran a story that outlined the results of the survey. 
Some of our viewers were not pleased with our ongoing coverage of this issue.
James Carr said, “‘Our Facebook page is lacking engagement. How can we get out of this rut?' 'How about we ask people for the 1000th time about refugees to hear nothing but whining and fighting, and we will just call it engagement?' ‘Brilliant!'"
MU Islamic studies professor Dr. Nathan Hofer said the Syrian refugee crisis was worth the attention it received.
“Beyond the politics of it, it's so disruptive on a global scale,” Hofer said.
“The last time something like this happened, it basically led to the creation of the state of Israel,  and we have seen how intense the repercussions of that have been.”
Hofer added it is a news organization’s duty to continue coverage on an ongoing international crisis until its end in order to do the story justice.
“We shift away from covering stories all the time,” KOMU 8 News Director Randy Reeves said.
“If we think that we’ve done that story justice, and there is not much new going on, we won’t be doing that story.”
Reeves said KOMU has covered the Syrian refugee crisis, because even though the issue may be overseas, its impact is felt by some here in mid-Missouri.
"The things that are going on there with those refugees also could play a vital role in immigration policies in the United States,” Reeves said.
“Just in Columbia alone, we have a quite large population of people from the Middle East and other Muslim countries,” Hofer said.
“It's just that these are their neighbors, they're Americans, and these are their friends."
So what is your opinion on how KOMU covered the Syrian refugee crisis? We want to hear from you. Let us know by commenting on this story, commenting on our Facebook page or sending us a tweet @KOMUnews. Then watch KOMU 8 News on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. for your view of the news. 

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Your View: KOMU 8 responds to criticism on car crash coverage https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-criticism-on-car-crash-coverage/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-criticism-on-car-crash-coverage/ Your View Thu, 18 Feb 2016 6:17:26 PM Chris Brown & Quinn Cochran, KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: KOMU 8 responds to criticism on car crash coverage

COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 News covered a driver who crashed into the Umbria restaurant off Elm Street on early Thursday morning, Feb. 4.

Later that morning, KOMU posted the story on Facebook, saying in the headline the crash was caused by a drunk driver. Columbia Police Department arrested driver Clint Daniels for driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. 

KOMU 8 Content Manager Matt Johnson was the first to notice the digital error. "Just like with any crime you have to arrtribute the information and you have to make sure people are only suspected of a crime because until someone is convicted through the court of law you cannot say that they indeed were drunk."   

However, Daniels had not been convicted for the crime, only charged.

One of the Facebook comments read, "If you haven't confirmed the cause, why does your headline and the story state a definitive cause?"

We reached out to Mark Abadir, the viewer who made the Facebook comment, and asked him why he felt that way.

"I think it's irresponsible journalism to say somebody was drunk or say somebody was doing something until there's actual evidence from the police in there," Abadir said. "When the police arrested him, I believe it said he was suspected of drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident, but that hadn't been confirmed yet."

KOMU 8 News Director Randy Reeves said the newsroom tries to beat assumption out of the process early and often. 

"You can't afford to assume anything ever," Reeves said. "It's common in the newsroom to speculate but that speculation has to be contained to just conversation and not what we actually publish."

Reeves said in this case KOMU simply made a mistake.

So, what do you think about KOMU 8's coverage of the Umbria crash? 

We want to hear from you. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News at Six on Fridays for your view of the news.


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Your View: KOMU 8 responds to releasing names before officials https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-releasing-names-before-officials/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-releasing-names-before-officials/ Your View Fri, 4 Dec 2015 2:58:57 PM Stephanie Sierra and Desiree Seals, KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: KOMU 8 responds to releasing names before officials

COLUMBIA - Two weeks ago, KOMU 8 reported on a shooting that left three people dead in Randolph County. 

After reaching out to the coroners office, KOMU 8 released the names of the three involved in the shooting before Randolph County Sheriff's did.

In most news stories involving deaths, reporters aren't able to confirm information until officials annouce it. In this case, KOMU was able to get confirmation from the coroner that was able to identify and report the names of the individuals. 

In response to the early release, several viewers expressed their anger.

Tricia Cochran Sexauer wrote: "Saw on the news names yesterday and was disgusted when they said 'this isn't official' like that was going to make it better."

Similarly, Dustin White responded: "Don't worry KOMU, you shared the names a few days ago. You beat the sheriff's department to it."

It just so happened, on that same day another incident involving two people who died in a crash in Montgomery County spurred more crticism on our Facebook page.

Jimmy Dennis commented: "Quick tell us who it was. So we can all speculate and assume what happened and place fault."

Connie Fleming added: "Hope no names are released until family is notified."

We talked to Randy Reeves, news director at KOMU 8 about the decision to share the names.

"This story was of a compelling community interest and we wanted to get the information out after we were reasonably sure that everyone had been notified," said Reeves. 

We reached out to Communications Law professor, Sandy Davidson, after reviewing our feedback on Facebook to see what she thought about the ethics of KOMU 8's coverage.

"If you have any doubts, you know, if you wonder, then you have to pull back," Davidson said.

"Ethically, I think the important thing is that the family members were notified prior to the release of the information by the media."

A "Go-fund-me-page" was posted to KOMU 8's Facebook page by family members of the people involved. This page served as another piece of confirmation that the family members knew of the deaths of their loved ones. 

"You try to engage in social media as best you can, you know it's a fairly constant conversation. You try to explain to folks that we've gotten this information from people who know."

So, what do you think? Do you think KOMU 8 was wrong to release the names of the victims before officials?

The conversation does end here.  Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News Fridays at six for your view of the news.

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Your View: KOMU 8 responds to comments on campus protest coverage https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-comments-on-campus-protest-coverage/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-comments-on-campus-protest-coverage/ Your View Tue, 8 Dec 2015 9:41:23 PM Lina Young & Maria Jose Valero , KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: KOMU 8 responds to comments on campus protest coverage

COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 News extensively covered the protests at the University of Missouri campus last month. KOMU 8 News had wall-to-wall coverage the day protests broke and more than 50 different stories with diverse angles regarding the events on campus. However, some viewers criticized the coverage, calling it biased and overdone. Viewer Karen Davis said KOMU 8 News only reported one side of the story. Viewer Anita Mclntyre said KOMU 8 News kept running the same images over again.

We talked to some of the staff at KOMU 8 News to see if they could clarify why the station decided to extensively cover the story. KOMU 8's News Director Randy Reeves said they knew this story was important for the community, and they needed to make sure it was thoroughly covered.

"This was an important story that impacted more than just the campus. It is one of the largest employers in our viewing area, and this was a change of the two top officials. We felt that was a big, big story," Reeves said.

KOMU 8's Interactive Director Annie Hammock agreed with Reeves saying the story was worthy of wall-to-wall coverage.

"The University of Missouri is a core part of Columbia. There were some questions about why we are spending so much time covering something that is happening on campus. But what happens on campus definitely has a ripple effect in the entire community. In this case, the story had a ripple effect across the entire country," Hammock said.

Hammock accounted for the repetition of some images and some context in individual stories to the fact that each piece needed to stand alone. She said each story in television needs to be understood by anyone, even if they are not fully informed of the situation. This is why context is vital for each  story.

"In each individual story you still have to give some background. So, yes, there might have been some repetition so that any one story could stand on its own without having to read all the other stories," said Hammock.

Regarding the accusations of bias, Reeves said KOMU interviewed a wide variety of people who had different opinions.

So, what do you think about KOMU 8's extensive coverage of the campus protests? 

We want to hear from you. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News at six on Fridays for your view of the news.




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Your View: KOMU 8 answers comments on campus protests reports https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-answers-comments-on-campus-protests-reports/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-answers-comments-on-campus-protests-reports/ Your View Fri, 27 Nov 2015 2:58:07 PM Nick Komisar & Amy Money, KOMU 8 Reporters Your View: KOMU 8 answers comments on campus protests reports

COLUMBIA - The moment the MU football team announced on Twitter that it wasn't going to play until former UM Systems President Tim Wolfe resigned, the Concerned Student 1950 movement was thrust into the national spotlight. A photo was tweeted by some members of the team locking arms, with Coach Gary Pinkel backing his players. Within in a week, two top university officials resigned. 

Some KOMU 8 News viewers questioned whether KOMU 8 News covered any of the previous racial incidents on campus that lead up to the football team's involvement. 

Pam Bess emailed KOMU 8 News saying, "Hello! I am an outsider looking in, but would like to know why it took the football team to bring these issues to light? Did I miss the local news coverage of the racial issues at MU prior to the national level carrying the story? Everything seems to indicate that the problem existed for a while. Did none of the local media get wind of this independent of CNN??"

KOMU 8 News Director Randy Reeves said the station covered the story long before CNN and other national media outlet's knew what was happening. He said KOMU 8 News reported more than a dozen stories before the protests became national news.

"I think when the national media covers it, it just seems like it's everywhere at that point," Reeves said. "It's in your local news, it's on the national news, it's on your local cable channel. It's everywhere."

However, both Reeves and KOMU 8 Sports Director Chris Gervino agree the story escalated after nearly half the football team said they wouldn't play until Wolfe resigned. 

"Once the football team got involved, it really shed a light on the subject because, again, it speaks to the power of sports, the popularity of sports," Gervino said. 

Reeves also said KOMU 8 News has been covering racial issues since he's been with station and plans to cover any future issues that may arise. 

"I think our coverage of that has been fairly extensive for as long as I've been here," Reeves said. "13 years and we've been covering issues like this sporadically for 13 years."

KOMU 8 News would like to hear what you think of the coverage of the protests both before and after the football team's involvement. 

Let us know on Facebook, or Twitter, then watch KOMU 8 News on Fridays evening at 6 for Your View of the News. 


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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to complaint of sensationalizing https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-complaint-of-sensationalizing/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-complaint-of-sensationalizing/ Your View Fri, 20 Nov 2015 1:36:51 PM Collin Ruane and Jeremy Schrank, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to complaint of sensationalizing

KINGDOM CITY-  Last month, KOMU 8 News reported on a fatal accident on I-70 near Kingdom City. 

The wreck involved three semis and four other vehicles, killing two people. 

After KOMU 8 News learned about the accident, we posted a photo of the crash site from MoDOT on our initial web story.

The use of that photo and others from the scene upset one of our viewers who said in part, "It saddens me that the media has to sensationalize a tragic accident like this with all these graphic photos. What if one of your family members was injured or killed in this accident?"

MoDOT had first posted the original photo on its twitter feed before KOMU 8 put it on Facebook.

KOMU 8 Interactive Director Annie Hammock said the photo was used due to the photo's distance from the interstate.

"It's a very distant shot," she said. "It's difficult to make out even makes and models in the original shot, but there's no identifying factors."

The use of these types of photos can often upset viewers, especially when there's a report of a death. 

MU professor Sandy Davidson said legally the photos are okay to use and in some cases are necessary when the event affects many people. 

"When you have a major traffic wreck that has tied up traffic, it has caused traffic detours, traffic backups, that is a newsworthy story," Davidson said. 

Hammock also said it is important to make sure identifying factors like license plates are not easily visible. 

"It comes down to being sensitive to the viewer and to the family," Hammock said.  "And also to the sensibility of whether something is too graphic to diseminate publicly."

So, what do you think? Was KOMU 8 wrong in its use of the photo on Facebook? Were we being sensationalist in our coverage?

We want to hear from you. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. Then watch KOMU 8 News Fridays at six for your view of the news. 



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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to comments on ICU story https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-comments-on-icu-story/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-responds-to-comments-on-icu-story/ Your View Fri, 13 Nov 2015 7:12:51 PM Sam Knef and Eric Kelly, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to comments on ICU story

COLUMBIA – Late in October, KOMU 8 News aired a story about a shortage of ICU nurses nationwide, including at Boone Hospital.

KOMU 8 reporter Alyssa Casares interviewed multiple employees at Boone Hospital to get an inside look at how the hospital operates. Some of the people interviewed chose to remain anonymous in order to protect their jobs. The story garnered a lot of attention from KOMU 8 News viewers, specifically on social media. Many Facebook posters commented on both the strengths and weaknesses of how the story was told.

A common complaint among Facebook posters was that the story focused on Boone Hospital, while the problem of ICU nurse shortages is more of a wide spread problem across the country.

KOMU 8 News reached out to one viewer who shared this opinion. Columbia resident Alex Young said he found the story to be “very informative,” and “something more people need to know about,” but would have liked to see more variety.

When asked what he thought would improve the story Young responded, "I'd say definitely view other hospitals. I was reading the article and I was asking myself does this happen all over the place? Yes she did research on- there's a shortage in the nation- but, you have a lot of students here that go through the RN program. So, where do they go?"

Casares explained her thought process in telling the story, saying, “Yes, I do think it would be beneficial to look at other hospitals, but for this story there was already so much information to put together and try to consume and to put out there into a story, that if I had to pull in another hospital from Jefferson City or any other city, I think it wouldn't be fair because who's to say Jefferson City is on the same playing field as Columbia?”

Casares did contact the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital and University Hospital in Columbia for the story. 

Now KOMU 8 News wants to hear from you. Was the story told in a fair and balanced way? What could the reporter have done to improve the quality of the story?

Let us know of Facebook, Twiter, or email us.

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YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 News responds to complaint on police story https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-news-responds-to-complaint-on-police-story/ https://www.komu.com/news/your-view-komu-8-news-responds-to-complaint-on-police-story/ Your View Fri, 6 Nov 2015 5:22:04 PM Bailey Harbit and Nick Hehemann, KOMU 8 Reporters YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 News responds to complaint on police story

COLUMBIA - In October KOMU 8 News ran a story about the Columbia Police Department's attempt to improve its image in the community. CPD participated in the nation-wide "Why I Wear The Badge Campaign."

KOMU 8 reporters interviewed CPD Public Information Officer Bryana Larimer as well as one Columbia resident. 

Some viewers felt we only focused on one side of the story. 

Angela Barnes Bennett said, "I think it is very sad that the only person you interviewed leans toward the negative. Have you ever considered focusing on only the positive? Imagine the image you could spin if you had made this idea positive."

KOMU 8 News Director Randy Reeves said hearing from the CPD as a source is a positive angle in itself. 

"That story was pretty well balanced. We talked to the police about why they wanted to do this program, why they're doing this program, and why they think it's a way to reach out and create a positive message. The idea then, was to go out and talk to other people and see what they thought. And one of the people we talked to said, 'No, it's not really good.' To me that's a positive story," Reeves said. 

However, KOMU 8 News also spoke with Missouri Curators' Teaching Professor Sandy Davidson, who thought the resident interviewed served only as a way to create conflict. 

"Sometimes it's better just to have this is the news story. And then have the opinion part as a seperate piece," Davidson said. 

We want to hear from you. Was this story worth covering? Could we have covered it better?

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or email us, then watch KOMU 8 News at 6 p.m. Fridays to see our Your View segment.

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