Special Series: Teachable Moments from the Mizzou Protests

    by Kathleen Bartzen Culver
    November 19, 2015
    Protestors at the University of Missouri in October 2015. Photo courtesy of Flickr user KOMUNews and used here under Creative Commons license.

    As student protests over diversity concerns at the University of Missouri led to the resignation of two top administrators this month, the story drew national attention. Yet the historic nature of the protests dimmed almost as soon as it hit our screens, muted by a controversy over journalists’ access to the protestors’ encampment and the role of faculty and administrators in keeping them out.

    It all happened in the home of one of the most widely noted — iconic even — journalism programs in the world. Yet the issues seemed more nuanced that the headlines dominating social media.

    EdShift offered a few writers the chance to look through a longer lens on the events last week at Mizzou. What do they draw from what they heard and read and how might that help journalists and journalism educators and students learn and do better?


    Series Posts

    What Students Need To Understand About Covering Race, by Kath Krueger

    Another View: Build Trust so Media Safe Spaces Are Not Necessary, by Sue Robinson

    Access Denied: Why It’s No Surprise Mizzou Students Blocked Reporters, by Liz Medhin


    First Amendment Questions in Missouri Protest Video Trickier Than They Seem, by Brett Johnson

    How to Help Students Navigate Distrust and Confrontation, by Denise McGill

    The Fallacy of Safe Space on College Campuses, by Shaheen Pasha

    #EdShift Chat: Lessons from the Mizzou Protests and Diversity in Journalism, Moderated and Storified by Stacy Forster

    A Different Lens on Race, Media and Ethics, by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

    Related Coverage

    There’s a good reason protesters at the University of Missouri didn’t want the media around, Washington Post

    Campus Activists Weaponize ‘Safe Space,’ Atlantic

    Mizzou, Yale and Free Speech, New York Times

    A Boycott’s Birth: How the Missouri Race Protests Began, Associated Press

    One month later, what’s next for University of Missouri protestors, USA Today

    Inside the Empathy Machine: VR, Neuroscience, Race and Journalism by Joel Beeson

    Mediatwits #166: Why Diversity in the Newsroom is Crucial


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