From there, the video becomes even more disheartening as the student journalist is pushed and shoved by two women who have been identified as school officials: Media Professor Melissa Click, who specifically asked for media coverage on her Facebook page, and Assistant Director of Greek Life Janna Basler.
“Hey folks, students fighting racism on the MU campus want to get their message into the national media”. Protesters were seen on video telling Tai he had no right to take their pictures in the public area. “I need a few muscle over here”, Click shouted to her fellow protesters at Concerned Student 1950, a student and faculty group that says it seeks the “liberation of black collegiate students”.
Police did not release a name but said the suspect was not on or near the university’s Columbia campus when the threat was made. MU’s Association of Communication Graduate Students has recognized her as an “Outstanding Mentor” (2011) and as “Graduate Advisor of the Year” (2013). “We applaud student journalists who were working in a very trying atmosphere to report a very significant story”, it said. “She’s defending her actions, tacitly”.
Melissa Click, a University of Missouri assistant communication professor, tells a cameraman to leave.
Student photographer Tim Tai, on the freelance assignment for ESPN November 9, was attempting to take photos of a tent city erected on the university campus by protesters. Tai said he accepted the apology and has no hard feelings against her. “If you can help, please let me know!” “Tai handled himself professionally and with poise”.
A plaza that had been the site of a sit-in by protesters was entirely empty Tuesday night and only a handful of students were seen walking around campus. It also hinted that her work at the school may be in jeopardy.
“That apology isn’t enough”, Schierbecker said.
The journalists who are invited in to share the stories of those who have struggled should adhere to the basic ethics of the profession that we are expected to uphold every time we tell the stories of others. Her full statement has been included at the bottom of the original post. But, he said, he hasn’t heard back from her since they talked Tuesday.
“I think the whole situation has been, if nothing else, a learning experience for all sides”, he said. “What I saw coming from her seemed to be the worst kind of abuse I saw that day”.
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In the professor’s lone public statement about Monday’s confrontation, she apologized for her actions. I have reviewed and reflected upon the video of me that is circulating and have written this statement to offer both apology and context for my actions.
The Department of Communication also issued its own statement Tuesday, condemning intimidation of journalists but declining to comment on Click’s status.
“I regret the actions and strategies I used, and sincerely apologize to the MU campus community, and journalists at large, for my behavior”, she wrote.
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