DMA 135: COLUMBIA-JEFFERSON CITY, MO

Matt Garrett Named KOMU General Manager

The NBC-CW affiliate makes the position permanent after he has served as interim head of the University of Missouri-owned station since last November.

DMA 135: COLUMBIA, MO

Emily Spain Returns To KOMU As P.M. Anchor

DMA 135: COLUMBIA-JEFFERSON CITY, MO

KOMU Adds Three Account Execs To Sales Team

KOMU Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo. (DMA 135), the NBC affiliate owned by the University of Missouri has hired three account executives — Heather McGee, John Greenwood and Gena Patton. McGee comes to KOMU with more than a decade of local marketing experience in event management, digital and social media, radio, print, cause marketing and promotional and […]

DMA 136

KOMU Columbia Revamps ‘KOMU 8 News Today’

University of Missouri-owned NBC affiliate KOMU Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo. (DMA 136) is overhauling its morning newscast with a “focus on immediacy.” Starting Monday, KOMU 8 News Today will feature a “Right Now Desk” anchored by Angie Bailey. Bailey will be monitoring multiple live news feeds, social media and real-time traffic to provide the latest developments […]

DMA 138: COLUMBIA, MO

How KOMU Uses Social In Public Affairs Show

The University of Missouri’s NBC affiliate in Columbia is using social media to produce a public affairs segment, uncovering new story ideas, angles and sources. “We’ve learned to really embrace the use of social media, not just as a place where you put your story when it’s done but the place where your story can start,” says Annie Hammock, the station’s  interactive director.

DMA 138 (COLUMBIA-JEFFERSON CITY, MO)

KOMU, DirecTV Reach Carriage Agreement

DMA 138 (COLUMBIA, MO)

KOMU Names Randy Reeves News Director

The associate professor in the University of Missouri School of Journalism and KOMU executive producer will succeed Stacey Woelfel as head of news at the university-owned NBC affiliate.

KOMU ND Stacey Woelfel Leaving In Sept.

Stacey Woelfel, news director at the University of Missouri-owned NBC affiliate KOMU Columbia and associate professor in the MU School of Journalism, has been named the first director of the new Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center at the MU School of Journalism. Woelfel will step down from his position at KOMU and begin working as director of the Murray Center on Sept. 1.

Univ. of Missouri’s KOMU Picks Dejero For ENG

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

Reinventing The News Wheel Is A Tough Job

Taking a new look at three stations that adopted new approaches to their local newscasts over a year ago finds that “out with the old, in with the new” doesn’t always sit well with viewers. KOMU Columbia, Mo.’s Executive News Director Stacey Woelfel says he still believes that social media can still play a positive role in newsgathering, but that viewers don’t want their use to be so overt. “The tool got in the way of content that was perfectly fine.”

DMA 138 COLUMBIA-JEFFERSON CITY, MO

KOMU Moves Rosie Newberry to Noon & 5 P.M.

Rosie Newberry, a member of the Live Doppler 8 First Alert weather team at NBC affiliate KOMU Columbia, Mo. (DMA 138), recently began serving as the station’s daytime weathercaster. Newberry will provide forecasts and weather information during KOMU 8 News at noon and 5 p.m. Newberry is pursuing a master of science degree in meteorology. […]

DMA 138 (COLUMBIA-JEFFERSON CITY, MO)

Computer Crashes, KOMU Uses Website Graphics

DMA 138 (COLUMBIA-JEFFERSON CITY, MO)

KOMU Ending Interactive Newscast

The NBC affiliate in Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo., is canceling its much ballyhooed interactive newscast, U_News, sources say. The show’s last day is Friday, April 20, after which it will “transition” to a new noon newscast,

DMA 138 (COLUMBIA-JEFFERSON CITY, MO)

KOMU Adds Emily Spain As Morning Anchor

University of Missouri-owned NBC affiliate KOMU Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo. (DMA 138), has hired Emily Spain to join Megan Murphy and Eric Aldrich weekdays from 5 to 7 a.m. as a co-anchor on KOMU 8 News Today. Spain is currently a student at the Missouri School of Journalism and will graduate in May. She has already […]

DMA 138 (COLUMBIA-JEFFERSON CITY, MO)

KOMU Moving Its Interactive Newscast

KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo., that launched U_News in September, is moving the interactive newscast to 11 a.m., according to posts the station made on various social media channels. The newscast, which is the station’s replacement for Oprah, is billed an interactive, social media driven broadcast.

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

How Social Should A Newscast Be?

KOMU Columbia, Mo., in DMA138, has taken the plunge into social media news, last week launching a 4 p.m. newscast that makes viewers an integral part of the show. And there’s a social media desk that includes two reporters tracking bloggers, Tweets and online conversations about topics making the news. Industry watchers applaud KOMU for pushing the envelope in its use of social media at a time when many stations are still trying to figure them out. But some question their heavy use in what has always been a sit-back, passive medium.

DMA 137

KOMU’s Google+ Account Killed

Google has apparently disabled the Google+ account belonging to NBC affiliate KOMU Columbia, Mo., says one of the station’s most prolific Google+ users, anchor Sarah Hill, in a public post in her personal account.

DMA 137

KOMU Puts Google+ Video Chat On The Air

Columbia, Mo., NBC affiliate KOMU uses Google+’s Google Hangout video chat feature to interact with television viewers during its live newscast.

DIGITAL DMAS

Little Columbia Is Big On Experimentation

In the small Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo., market, newspaper and television sites are taking their cue from the University of Missouri’s respected journalism school and trying out new ways to present and monetize online media.

DMA 137

KOMU Uses Facebook As Tornado Info Hub

Even though the NBC affiliate is nearly 250 miles away from Joplin in Columbia, Mo., many people in Columbia and mid-Missouri are either Joplin natives or have family there. The newsroom’s normally local-focused Facebook page quickly became a clearinghouse for updates about how mid-Missouri could help the tornado-ravaged community.

DMA 137

KOMU To Debut New Interactive Newscast

[email protected]#Sarah Hill will replace Oprah at 4-5 p.m. on the Columbia, Mo., NBC affiliate beginning Sept. 12.