Missouri State University Department of Media Journalism and Film

Fake news. Click bait. Last week on the Missouri State Journal we dove into this topic and discussed the origins, as well as why we, as consumers, aren’t verifying our sources better.  


The term “fake news” is flung around social media. This mud-slinging calls into question the integrity and ethics of some journalists and outlets. Sometimes the accusation is because the news is indeed fake, while other times it’s because the truth hurts. 


Ryan Welch / KSMU

All this week, we’re investigating civility and what role it plays in our community.

Today, we’re considering the news media:  what role do – or should – journalists play in encouraging civil discourse?  And what’s the state of civility in terms of how journalists themselves are treated?

Let’s tackle that one first by taking a step back and looking through a nationwide lens.

(Logo courtesy Manhattan Short Film Festival)

The Missouri State University Department of Media, Journalism and Film will once again be the ONLY venue in the state of Missouri for the 19th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, Saturday Sept.24 at 7:00pm in Plaster Student Union Theatre.  Over a one-week period, more than 100,000 people around the world view and vote for the film they think is best — making this the only global audience-choice film festival in the world. Ten outstanding films were selected from 844 entries submitted by 52 countries this year.

(Poster design courtesy www.evidence-of-harm.com)

Missouri State University alumni Randall Moore ('02, Media Production) and Brandon Kerr ('03, Electronic Arts) are on campus this weekend to screen Moore's documentary Evidence of Harm in Plaster Student Union Theater, Saturday Feb. 6 at 7:00pm, with a talk-back session to follow.  The 80-minute film chronicles the lives of three people who became reluctant health advocates after suffering from the devastating effects of hazardous mercury vapors during routine dental procedures.