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Special Series: Teachable Moments from the Mizzou Protests

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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


Kathleen Bartzen Culver :Kathleen Bartzen Culver is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching and researching at the intersection of ethics and digital media practices. Culver also serves as associate director of the Center for Journalism Ethics and Education Curator for PBS MediaShift.