Missouri Media.

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of talk surrounding UM’s (University of Missouri’s) racial incidents on campus. Amongst these scandals, there are two articles that I found that show the role of social media and mainstream media’s coverage of these events. The first article is about how one professor who refused to cancel an exam in lieu of all the protests, which have been mostly peaceful, but have also brought much of ordinary life on campus to a grinding halt. Some students apparently feared coming to class could be dangerous.Brigham initially responded to students’ request to delay the exam with an email in which he urged them not to “give into bullies.” “If you don’t feel safe coming to class, then don’t come to class,” Brigham wrote to his class on Tuesday. “I will be there, and there will be an exam administered in our class. “If you give in to bullies, they win. The only way bullies are defeated is by standing up to them. If we cancel the exam, they win; if we go through with it, they lose. I know which side I am on. You make your own choice.” The professor later resigned but is still ostensibly employed by the university.  In terms of media, they have covered it quite thoroughly as I have read about this from numerous sources including TheSkimm and NBCNews, along with a bunch of tweets. The next article I read was about Loyola students marching in solidarity with Missouri. Although the media coverage wasn’t as heavy as the previous, it was still very informative to its readers. In this article Loyola students protested Thursday afternoon in a show of solidarity with demonstrators at the University of Missouri imitated controversial techniques Missouri protesters used that limited access to the local media they invited. Although Loyola student told The Black Tribune, which is their school run newspaper that they are allowed access, Organizers led students in a brief march around campus in which they chanted, “Not just Mizzou, it’s Loyola too!” before stopping at Halas field, where they locked hands and members of The Black Tribune asked the media, not including those from their own publication, to stand outside the perimeter.They tightened the circle and let nobody else in. This came days after a YouTube video surfaced showing a confrontation between Tim Tai, a freelance journalist and Missouri student, and protesters who restricted media access to a protest site on the University of Missouri quad. Despite the fallout in Missouri, Dominick Hall, a Loyola student and member of The Black Tribune, said: “We decided to do the same thing here … to emphasize this is a safe space for students — not media.”

Article #1: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/12/university-missouri-does-not-accept-professor-resignation-over-email-flap/

Article #2:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-loyola-students-solidarity-protest-met-20151112-story.html


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