Are Social Media Accounts Public Records?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A court case may be needed to determine whether Missouri’s Open Records Law applies to public officials’ social media accounts. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley wrote a letter in February concluding that the office of Gov. Eric Greitens is not required to turn over records from his Facebook and Twitter accounts.…

Kids report shootings – no kidding

David Hogg, the 17-year-old news director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s TV station, crouches on the floor of a darkened classroom.  He grabs his phone, flips on the video camera and starts asking questions.  He speaks just above a whisper, because somewhere on campus – nobody knows where – a gunman with an assault…

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…