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Newsroom Notes: 4 questions for your newsroom when a giant national story unfolds
January 15, 2021

Jan. 6 now stands as another moment in history — a “flashbulb-memory.” The vivid images amidst the already volatile political coverage forced local news directors into genuine breaking news coverage over which they had limited control.

KOMU 8 in Columbia, Missouri, is the nation’s only teaching laboratory inside a commercial network-affiliated TV station. The challenges are no different from other newsrooms—just layered on top of the challenges facing the next generation of journalists.  We’re providing a first-hand view (and maybe a little advice) from an industry veteran who agreed to lead the KOMU newsroom during a faculty search process—just as the COVID-19 crisis began unfolding.


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