Your View: Campus Bomb Threats Causes Controversy

6 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Friday, October 05 2012 Oct 5, 2012 Friday, October 05, 2012 12:27:00 PM CDT October 05, 2012 in News
By: Josh Lander and Alex Dunn
loading

COLUMBIA - A couple of weeks ago, we told you about multiple bomb threats on college campuses around the nation. We received a number of comments on our facebook page about our extensive coverage of the threats
In this week's your view, we took a look at whether our coverage was helpful or unnecessary.

After komu-8 learned of the bomb threats made on multiple college campuses, the station decided to report the updates. But our coverage wasn't well recieved by some who said we did more harm than good. Jeffrey Trotter wrote this on KOMU-8's facebook page...

"...In light of this news it really looks like a bunch of media outlets sounded an alarm over nothing...The sloppy reporting done on this story..that's yelling "fire" in a crowded theatre. It's dangerous to report this story the way it was without having facts."

KOMU-8 staff said reporting on the bomb threats was important information to get out, especially because of the number of campuses involved. Jen Reeves helped cover the story.

"What we did in the newsroom was to alert everybody that this was happening...This is our job as news journalists to let people to know what's happening. And then what we also did was that we talked to the university and asked them, 'are you watching this and what kind of precautions are possible?"

In response to the viewers' comment, we talked to some of the people most affected by college bomb threats in our viewing area --- university of missouri students. We asked them whether or not they'd want to know about bomb threats on other college campuses.

"Even if it's not happening here, um, just being aware of other situations is good cause it helps you, in case it does happen here, to prepare," said freshman Jordan Hoffman.


"I think people should be informed about what's going on in different communities," agrees junior Marssanne Louis-Thompson. "If you're not gonna know what's gonna happen to you..and if it does happen to you then you're gonna be upset because someone didn't tell you."

So what do you think? Did we take our reports of the bomb threats to the extreme or were we reporting valuable information?

Let us know on facebook, twitter or google plus. Then watch friday nights at 6 as we report your view of the news.

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Below are scores from football games around mid-Missouri. Final scores are in bold. ... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 6:09:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA - The NCAA expected to hit the University of Kansas basketball program with multiple violations allegations. "After a... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 4:10:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in Sports
COLUMBIA - The "no bag" policy comes to effect today at Battle High School. Columbia Public Schools created this... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 3:40:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - MU students will pack Memorial Stadium to cheer on the Tigers during Saturday's SEC opener against South Carolina,... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 3:38:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public School District is replacing all of its trash cans with a three-tier waste system in all... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 1:20:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri woman and her late husband, who was killed by the suspect in four... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 1:11:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas confirmed Mayor Brian Treece suggested he resign over what became a criminal... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 11:45:24 AM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police are urging people not to leave grenades "just lying around" after the... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 11:23:32 AM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri announced a $1.5 million gift Friday, which will be used to help improve business... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 10:54:00 AM CDT September 20, 2019 in Top Stories
FULTON (AP) — Madeleine Albright says during a Missouri speech that democracy worldwide "appears to be in retreat." The... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 9:39:00 AM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A climate strike is taking place on the MU campus Friday at noon. It's part of a... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 9:38:00 AM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
FULTON - A man was arrested early Friday morning after he attempted to evade arrest after a foot pursuit, according... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 8:49:00 AM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready for the Heritage Festival & Craft Show this weekend. ... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 3:13:00 AM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police said they found seven shell casings in the southern part of the city late Thursday night. ... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 1:02:00 AM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - During the first week of Show Me Climate we've discussed many of the basics of our changing climate.... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, September 19 2019 Sep 19, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:02:00 PM CDT September 19, 2019 in Climate
COLUMBIA — The Columbia community came together Thursday night to remember the life of a Columbia College student killed in... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, September 19 2019 Sep 19, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:55:00 PM CDT September 19, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For the third straight year, the Capitol Avenue Historic District in Jefferson City is considered a "Place... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, September 19 2019 Sep 19, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:22:47 PM CDT September 19, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is sending highway patrol troopers and other state workers to St. Louis... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, September 19 2019 Sep 19, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:29:00 PM CDT September 19, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
8pm 76°
9pm 75°
10pm 74°
11pm 74°