COLUMBIA, MISSOURI — A video shot by a Mizzou student journalist has diverted attention away from successes of the Concerned Student 1950 movement, and it's all thanks to a couple UM faculty members.
The video shows UM student photojournalist Tim Tai, trying hard to report on the Mizzou protests, but school administrator Janna Basler gets in the way of the coverage. Tai, capturing footage for ESPN, approached the protesters in the hopes of getting a reaction to the news. But as Tai stood in front of protesters, he was met with hostility from students and Basler, who were trying to push him out.
Student Mark Schierbecker captured the interaction on video, before he too was met with aggression at the hands of a professor - UM Assistant Professor Melissa Click, who happens to be a member of the Communications Department. After attempting to block Schierbecker's phone lens, she calls out to the crowd of protesters for help to remove the young reporter, saying "I need some muscle over here."
Yesterday, those protesting as "Concerned Student 1950" had their demands met. The school's president and chancellor both resigned, and students involved in the movement continued rallying on campus in victory. What should have been a story about student successes following racial tensions became a lesson for faculty members in first amendment rights, taught by a couple determined student journalists.