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'Black At Mizzou' Documentary | Media Critics On Censorship

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A new audio documentary checks back with some of the key players and provides context on the 2015 student protests at the University of Missouri's Columbia campus.

A new audio documentary highlights the experiences of Black students at the predominantly white University of Missouri, and our Media Critics discuss Bob Woodward's new book and UM System President Mun Choi's decision to block student-critics on Twitter.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:54: "Black at Mizzou" confronts race on the University of Missouri campus.

Mizzou was in the national spotlight in 2015 after a string of racist incidents led Black students to protest on the predominantly white campus, but there's more to the story. A new audio documentary highlights the thriving campus within a campus that Black students created to make Mizzou a more welcoming place.

Segment 2, beginning at 28:50: The Media Critics weigh in on recent acts of censorship.

Was Bob Woodward wrong in not releasing President Donald Trump's thoughts on the pandemic sooner? Was it fair for University of Missouri System President Mun Choi to block student critics on Twitter? Our Media Critics attempt to sort it all out.

  • Patricia Weems Gaston, Lacy Haynes Professor of Journalism in the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas
  • Peggy Lowe, investigative reporter and interim news director at KCUR
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