In the News: Bob Dotson on KSDK; Geraghty-Rather’s WILLOW Project in AP

| October 7, 2014

Recent media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Dotson’s Week as Webster Guest Lecturer Featured on KSDK

Award-winning NBC reporter Bob Dotson, who spent last week working with Webster University students and delivering a public lecture, was featured on St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK, a segment with anchor Mike Bush that was filmed on campus locations including the East Academic Building, the Emerson Library and School of Communications classes:

“The concern I have with television news today,” Dotson said. “Is that we are driven by what’s viral on the internet. The only problem with that is that next Tuesday you are not going to remember what was viral last Tuesday.

Dotson added, “We’ve always had this herd journalism mentality, but there used to only be six of us in the herd and now there are literally hundreds.”

After just a week at Webster, Dotson said he has new hope.

“These students, they have the same curiosity,” Dotson pointed out.

His advice for journalism students? “Find what others miss.”

Watch the full clip on Dotson’s visit to Webster in the embedded video in this post or at KSDK.

Geragthy-Rathert‘s WILLOW Project in Associated Press

The WILLOW Project, the nonprofit led by College of Arts & Sciences professor of legal studies Anne Geragthy-Rathert, has been covered by the Associated Press and picked up by more than 25 publications. This project is quickly being recognized as an innovative way to teach undergraduate students and apply their lessons toward clemency work.

Geragthy-Rathert said the mission of WILLOW (Women Initiate Legal Lifelines to Other Women, is to provide legal help to “society’s forgotten women”:

“The need is so extensive, it’s impossible to put into words,” she said. “There are women who have experienced violence throughout their whole lives, and then, in order to survive ongoing violence, get into situations where they are either forced into behaviors or they are literally along for the ride in which someone else commits heinous acts.”


Amy Lorenz-Moser, a Webster legal studies alumna who later graduated from the University of Missouri law school and is now in private practice, said her alma mater’s new clinic provides younger students with real-world experience.

The story also quotes alumna Eileen McManmon Thomas, who now works in the Legal Studies Department. Read the full article here.

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