But this time it was assistant professor Melissa Click:
An assistant communications professor at the Missouri School of Journalism resigned from her courtesy appointment Tuesday after she was caught on video confronting a student journalist and attempting to block him from shooting photos on a public quad.
Click faced opposition from the journalism school, and her letter of apology didn’t help her:
Earlier on Tuesday, Kurpius lambasted Click while lauding the photojournalist.
“The Missouri School of Journalism is proud of photojournalism senior Tim Tai for how he handled himself during a protest on Carnahan Quad on the University of Missouri campus,” Kurpius said in Tuesday’s statement.
“The news media have First Amendment rights to cover public events,” Kurpius said. “Tai handled himself professionally and with poise.”
Tom Warhover, the executive editor of the Columbia Missourian, a university newspaper, told the Times he was “pretty incensed” about Tai’s treatment.
“I find it ironic that particularly faculty members would resort to those kinds of things for no good reason. I understand students who are protesting and want privacy. But they are not allowed to push and assault our photographers — our student photographers.”
This was one of those situations where the video evidence was overwhelming and clear. So, unlike the school’s administrators Wolfe and Lofin, Click was forced to resign over (a) something she actually did wrong, that was (b) clearly documented, and (c) involved a basic aspect of her job, respect for freedom of the press.