Missouri Media Professor Among Those Harassing Reporters at Protest

Among those who were harassing and blocking reporters during the protests on the University of Missouri campus Monday was a professor at Mizzou’s Department of Communications.

In a video posted to YouTube, Professor Melissa Click can be seen protesting among students and harassing an ESPN photojorunalist until he left the “no media safe space.” When another student was filming inside the “safe space,” Click approaches him. “You need to get out! You need to get out!” she tells him.

“I actually don’t,” he responded simply (and accurately).

Click then grabs his camera, but can’t get him to turn it off.  “Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here!” she shouts. “I need some muscle over here!”

According to her staff bio, Click is a professor of “audience studies, theories of gender and sexuality, and media literacy. Current research projects involve 50 Shades of Grey readers, the impact of social media in fans’ relationship with Lady Gaga, masculinity and male fans, messages about class and food in reality television programming, and messages about work in children’s television programs.”

Watch above, via YouTube (Click’s confrontation starts at about 6:20).

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