The past 24 hours have been surreal — “bizarre and weird” – for University of Missouri senior journalism major Timothy R. Tai.
The viral video and media coverage of his face-off with students protesting reports of racism on the Columbia, Missouri, campus has brought the talented and humble young visual reporter tremendous unwanted attention.
In both of Tai’s Tuesday morning classes, News Reporting and Negotiating Chinese Culture, he had to field questions about his day in the eye of the media. And people around the world have offered more support and encouragement than he ever expected.
“I’m just trying to process what’s going,” Tai recalled in a phone interview with Poynter, as he was leaving Dean David Kurpius’ office. Kurpius wanted Tai to know that he supported his conduct and his actions on yesterday and encouraged him to share his perspective with the national media, according to Tai. Read more