Melissa Click needs to find a new profession — a communications professional she ain’t.
Click is the Mizzou assistant professor seen in the viral video assaulting a student journalist covering a public protest on the Columbia campus. We say assault, because she called for “muscle” to remove the student journalist from public property and then put her hand on the student’s video camera.
Janna Basler, the director of Mizzou Greek Life, also gets in the journalists’ faces. Her actions are no where near as out of control as Click’s, but she still should face discipline for her ill-guided “protection” of students’ personal space in the middle of a public area.
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Click apologized and “resigned” from sitting on the journalism school’s graduate committees, but she still has her job teaching mass media at the university — current topics are studying Lady Gaga’s social media relationship with fans, the audience for “50 Shades of Grey” and the “Twilight” series. She should no longer have that job.
To put it lightly, her grasp of the Socratic method is wanting. We expect professors to expand debate and enlighten, not employ the communications tactics of Kim Jong-un.
Journalists regularly are attacked by irate sources: verbally at city council meetings and physically by distraught family members. It is understood to be part of the business, although it shouldn’t be.
The Mizzou student journalist got his dose early, but it should never have come from someone his tuition dollars are supporting for her supposed ability to foster thought, even if those thoughts are about Lady Gaga, bondage and teen vampires. Click should go practice thought control on her own dime and time.