The Media and Mizzou

After researching the events occurring at the University of Missouri, around racial tension and lack of administrative support, I found one of the most interesting things to be the rejection of media coverage by protesting students and professors alike. At least two video showing students barricading protesting students from journalists and a professor pushing a camera out of her face have surfaced as evidence that reports and news cameras are not welcome on the Columbia, Missouri campus. According to an article from The Washington Post, students were rejecting media attention because they feel like the media doesn’t portray black pain and protest in the appropriate way. The writer went on to say that maybe everyone didn’t want to be the subject of journalism. I found it interesting that the mission of the protestors was to bring awareness to the issue but they thought it would be more beneficial to reject widespread coverage of the matter. I guess what they wanted more than awareness was change, and they understood that unfortunately, local or national news coverage wasn’t going to be the outlet to such happening. News was made however when a mass media professor arose as the front man of the barricade. Fueled with passion and adrenaline she led a group of protesters to surrounding and ultimately blocking the view of a news reporter. In the New York Times article,  the reporter claimed that his first amendment rights allowed him to be on the premises and that he was after all just doing his job, the protestors responded with abrupt lack of empathy for the reporter and even started chanting, “Hey hey, ho ho, reporters have got to go.” This definitely brings an interesting spin to the conversation about the decline of journalism and the possible insensitivity associated with it.


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