She seems like the least likely candidate to trample on First Amendment rights. I guess she was absent the days her own professors covered this. :rolleyes: She has no business teaching in either Dept, imho if this is how she views the role of mass media.
This has me shaking my head the hardest. Modern protests are events staged for the media. Getting your cause on the National News is sort of the point. It’s how you promote your agenda.
You can’t and shouldn’t try to orchestrate events to block media from observing everything. Don’t try to sell them half a story. Look here! Don’t look over there! Ain’t gonna cut it. The media may be dumb but they aren’t entirely stupid.
This is why, when I was a Journalism* student there, the J-School students hated the communication students over in Arts & Sciences.
Melissa Click (here’s her official webpage) is a theoretician devoted to the interaction of mass communication and society. She has more in common with a sociologist than a journalist.
Bite your toungue! She only had privilege to serve on graduate Journalism students’ thesis/dissertation committees. That’s been revoked. She can keep all that theoretical crap in Arts & Sciences where it belongs!
You’ll notice the I keep capitalizing Journalism in the context of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and its programs. That’s our little affection – sort of like “The” Ohio State University.
And she is doing such important work for society. From the web page linked about her research includes: 50 Shades of Grey readers, the impact of social media in fans’ relationship with Lady Gaga and messages about class and food in reality television programming.
Not to mention, her published work includes, “Relating to Twilight: Fans’ Responses to Love and Romance in the Vampire Franchise,”
“Twilight and the Production of the 21 st Century Teen Idol,” and “The romanticization of abstinence: Fan response to sexual restraint in the Twilight series.”
Melissa Click is one of our foremost Twilight scholars.
Yes, freedom of the press is guaranteed, but what the 1st Amendment says is that the government cannot restrict press coverage (with the usual caveats)…it does prevent private citizens from restricting access. If she was acting on behalf of the University, then it could be argued that she was an agent of the government, but if she was acting as a private citizen, then she’s an idiot for trying to prevent media coverage of a public protest…but not violating anyone’s Constitutional rights.
But if the journalist had a right to be there—and he did, absolutely—she can’t impede him. Just like i have no right to stop you from walking down a public street.
She does not have to actually cooperate with him. She can refuse to grant an interview or answer his questions; she can encourage other people to do the same. But she can’t physically prevent him, and she certainly can’t call for other people (“muscle”) to remove him from the area, which is precisely what she was doing.
Yeah, I don’t believe Ms. Click committed a “first amendment violation” of the journalist’s rights. He asserts he has a first amendment right to record and be present at a public gathering, along with the other journalists there who were doing the same. She participated in an unlawful detention/restraint of him and an assault. (Unlawful detention when the protesters formed rings around the journalists and denied them freedom of movement.)
The journalist involved says he thinks it was regrettable but he accepted her apology, if he doesn’t want to press charges then that’s probably where it should end legally. As for her position with the university, I’m usually one to not think someone deserves being fired over “their worst day” that gets magnified 1000x because of the internet and social media. But this is still a close call, she’s a professor and she inappropriately assaulted a student, I’m not trying to use assault to exaggerate it, but just by letter of law you can’t do what she did, and she’s a professor who did this to a student–it’s really problematic.
Mass Comm isn’t the same as J School. Mass Comm is critical analysis and is often critical of, even a bit hostile to, the media. Her work seems in line with that. And I do think students need to learn critical assessment of media.
She thought she was protecting students and got carried away by the emotions and maybe just a wee bit felt powerful because she was a faculty member in a high-profile situation.