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Media Coverage Of Ferguson, Missouri Becomes Its Own Story

Updated: Wednesday, August 20 2014, 06:54 PM CDT

Turn on any 24 hour news station and you're going to hear about what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri. The protests, the riots, and in many cases the violence.

The images people are seeing show officers using tear gas on protestors -- and in some cases its being reported it's even being used on journalists.

The video and interviews being reported show a city consumed by these protests, while police and even the military struggle to regain control.

Dr. Carol Adams-Means, a communications professor at Huston-Tillotson University, says the major problem with the coverage is several reporters are inserting themselves in the story rather than telling the story of the protestors.

"We as the media, to be ethical, don't want to become part of the story if we can at all avoid it, and we don't want to become a ploy for those who are opportunistic," Adams-Means said.

Dr. Adams-Means also encourages reporters covering the story to get diversity training to understand the racial implications of the coverage.

By Rachel Kent

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(Photo from KOLR/MGN Online.)

Media Coverage Of Ferguson, Missouri Becomes Its Own Story


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