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Untold Stories

Missing Monroe, NC teenager Phylicia Barnes

Even as technology and changing business models reshape the mass media landscape, questionable journalistic practices remain entrenched. The racial and socio-economic profile of a victim greatly influences how and where the media plays stories about them. We take a look at four recent and continuing news stories: the Rocky Mount, N.C. serial killer murders, a non-violent prison protest in Georgia, a Monroe, N.C. teen who went missing in Baltimore, and the attack and sexual assault on CBS reporter Lara Logan in Tahrir Square in Egypt.

Host Frank Stasio talks about coverage of these stories with Keith Woods, Vice President for Diversity in News and Operations at National Public Radio; Brett Chambers, a lecturer in English and mass communications at North Carolina Central University; and Jill Filipovic, a New York-based lawyer and blogger for the site Feministe.

Amber Nimocks came to The State of Things in January 2009. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a survivor of 15 years in the newspaper business. As a reporter and editor, her posts have included such exotic locales as her hometown of Fayetteville, Robeson County, Wilmington, Raleigh and Fort Worth, Texas.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.