Nov 11, 2015

Meme Exposes What Journalism Schools Are Teaching Students

By on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fox News reports a Missouri assistant professor resigns from a courtesy appointment after her confrontation with a journalist:
An assistant communications professor at the Missouri School of Journalism resigned from her courtesy appointment with the school Tuesday after she was caught on video in a confrontation between a student journalist and protesters attempting to block him from shooting photos on a public quad.

The video, showing University of Missouri protesters and Assistant Professor Melissa Click, was posted on Youtube shortly after University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned following a week of protests after his perceived lack of response to a series of racially-charged incidents.
Click’s courtesy appointment allowed her to serve on graduate panels for students from other academic units, according to the Columbia Missourian. Her position as mass media professor in the Communication Department remains unclear.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Tim Tai, a 20-year-old senior at the university working on a freelance assignment for ESPN, went to the protesters’ encampment to document their reaction to the news.
Shortly after Tai arrived and began to take photos, the protesters formed a ring around the encampment and began to push away the assembled media. Tai refused to budge.
In the video, Tai tells one demonstrator that he has “a job to do! I’m documenting this for a national news organization. This is the First Amendment that protects your right to stand here and mine!”
One school administrator, identified as Janna Basler, the school’s director of Greek life and leadership, is seen on the video confronting Tai. When he asks her name, Basler says, “I am Concerned Student 1950,” a reference to the name of the African-American group leading the protests.

Near the end of the video, another adult, identified as Click, tells another reporter, “You need to get out,” before asking other protesters for help.
“Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here?” she asks, adding as the video ends, “I need some muscle over here.”
Dean of the Missouri School of Journalism David Kurpius announced Click’s resignation on his Twitter account late Tuesday.
Click issued an apology after reviewing the video, saying she “reached out to the journalists involved to offer my sincere apologies and to express regret over my actions.” 


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