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?
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
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
Mizzou, Yale and Free Speech, New York Times
A Boycott’s Birth: How the Missouri Race Protests Began, Associated Press