University of Missouri-owned NBC affiliate KOMU Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo. (DMA 137), has hired Ben Arnet as sports director. Arnet will join Jim Riek, Emily Spain and Kenton Gewecke on KOMU 8 News at 6, 9 and 10 p.m. and will host Sports Xtra on Sunday nights at 10:30. Arnet joins KOMU 8 from the Mizzou […]
Sports Director Chris Gervino is set to retire from NBC affiliate KOMU Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo. (DMA 137), after spending more than two decades on the air providing national and local sports information to mid-Missouri. “My wife Gina and I are grateful to be able to retire together from our full-time jobs while blessed with good […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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. […]
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,
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
Columbia, Mo., NBC affiliate KOMU uses Google+’s Google Hangout video chat feature to interact with television viewers during its live newscast.
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.
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.