How social media have created an uninformed society

Americans love news. We get a thrill clicking on enticing headlines, following intricate celebrity details, exploring bad guy’s motives, sympathizing with tragic events and ranting alongside our favorite politicians. But we are also busy. Few of us — especially millennials  — have or take time to browse through newspapers or linger over magazines. We need…

Mission to measure threats to press freedom

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Public information is so hard to come by from the office of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, that journalists must file written requests under the state’s Open Records law for even the most routine of government facts. Even then, the information is often not forthcoming because of the lack of enforcement of the…

An uncomfortable article to write

Opinion By Jin Lee When the GJR editor asked me to write an article about South Korea, Trump, and North Korea, a strange feeling occupied me, which I could not articulate in words. It was discomfort. In fact, I’ve often felt this way when people ask me, “Is your country safe?” and “Have you ever…

Cable news full of hot air hurricane coverage

By Tony McDaniel This has been one of the worst years for hurricanes in recent history. Ten hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic Ocean, the most since 2005. Texas governor Greg Abbott said his state may need as much as $180 billion in aid to rebuild from Hurricane Harvey. Hurricanes are massive media events, and…

TV meteorologists warm to climate change

By Don Corrigan At a time when journalists are accused of reporting “fake news,” including stories about climate change and its effects on weather, some intrepid television meteorologists are stepping up to the cameras to make this connection. They are getting assistance from Climate Matters with a project that provides localized climate information to weather…

Crown thy good with brotherhood

Opinion By William A. Babcock The more things change, the more they remain the same. That’s particularly true of America’s not-so-beloved song and lyrics the United States has had as its National Anthem since 1931. Francis Scott Key’s poem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was set to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven” some 200 years ago.  …