<![CDATA[Public Editor | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/ en-us Fri, 02 May 2014 14:53:05 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Fri, 02 May 2014 14:53:05 CDT Public Editor 60 Pembroke/Shawnee Mission East lacrosse photo page layout looks like bias to this reader http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article21608814.html#storylink=rss It isn’t only words that can give the impression of bias. A reader points out a page design she finds problematic.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 16:14:03 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article21608814.html
Publishing sexual texts draws a mixed response from readers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article21153468.html#storylink=rss Some readers applauded the publishing of the story of House Speaker John Diehl’s sexually tinged relationship with a college freshman in a capitol internship program. But I heard more voices critical than complimentary, particularly the reproduction of the text messages in legible form.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 23:28:22 CDT

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Journalistic concerns apply even to recipes http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article21118911.html#storylink=rss You might not think an error in a recipe is really a journalistic problem. But it is.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 16:27:36 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article21118911.html
What does BNIM stand for? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article21028752.html#storylink=rss Several readers were confused or upset that a story about local architecture firm doesn’t spell out what the letters in its name mean. But should it have?

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Thu, 14 May 2015 16:49:47 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article21028752.html
One page, three typos http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article20454210.html#storylink=rss As a matter of principle, professional journalists should do everything within their power not to make typographical errors. Misspelling a name or transposing two numbers can introduce a significant error into news coverage. And sometimes those mistakes are serious enough as to require a correction.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 17:08:36 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article20454210.html
The word ‘thug’ in Baltimore coverage ignites debate http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article20035815.html#storylink=rss The word “thug” is on many people’s lips after the recent unrest in Baltimore surrounding the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. President Barack Obama and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, both of whom are black, both used it to describe those causing mayhem in the city’s streets, but other voices find it problematic.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 15:33:20 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article20035815.html
Readers disagree strongly that journalists should publish names of officers involved in fatalities http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article19077609.html#storylink=rss When I wrote that the public has the right to know when law enforcement actions cause a death, I heard few voices of agreement from readers.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:26:28 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article19077609.html
Should journalists name police officers involved in fatalities? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article18783486.html#storylink=rss Law enforcement officials have a much tougher, more dangerous job than most of us. When police are involved in fatalities, does news coverage naming the officers put them in undue peril?

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:33:46 CDT

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First Cruz, then Paul - a precedent for presidential announcements? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article17883203.html#storylink=rss Did The Star’s print edition lock itself into a pattern with two A-1 mentions of presidential candidacies?

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:15:33 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article17883203.html
Identifying criminal suspects can pose tricky journalistic questions http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article17347496.html#storylink=rss Reporters often know much more about targets of law enforcement than they publish. Journalists wrestle every day with questions about readers’ right to know about potential public dangers versus individuals’ right to privacy. Each situation has to be evaluated individually.

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Sun, 05 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Labels on opinion columns shrink for mobile. Is that confusing? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article17331041.html#storylink=rss KansasCity.com is a responsive site, meaning it changes dynamically across different sizes of screens. Does too much get lost when it shrinks?

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Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:09:30 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article17331041.html
A departure from the usual correction policy http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article17237192.html#storylink=rss The Star’s corrections policy is pretty clear-cut. But there are occasional instances that demand deviation from the norm.

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:10:07 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article17237192.html
Movie theater story reads like a trade-group promotion? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article16405007.html#storylink=rss Journalists often write about business trends, and that’s fine. But did one recent example seem like a longform advertisement for the movie exhibition industry?

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:05:56 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article16405007.html
When Facebook gives a photo undue prominence http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article15388904.html#storylink=rss Electronic delivery enables sources such as The Kansas City Star to disseminate news to an audience that has become truly global. But journalists sometimes have less control over how that information presented than in the past — and that can cause problems.

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Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Readers offer divergent opinions on how to cover F. Glenn Miller Jr. http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article12837038.html#storylink=rss News of F. Glenn Miller’s trial in the killing of three people at two Jewish centers in Johnson County is certainly important to cover. But readers don’t all agree on what that coverage should consist of.

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Sun, 08 Mar 2015 12:00:00 CDT

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When phone verification leads to misunderstanding and error http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article12865052.html#storylink=rss Every once in a great while, The Star makes an error in a correction. That just happened, and it was my misunderstanding.

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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:37:46 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article12865052.html
Confusion over F. Glenn Miller’s name — in news and in court http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article12508058.html#storylink=rss Is the man accused of multiple murder and capital felony charges named Miller or Cross? The answer isn’t simple. This is a good example of a topic that readers and journalists who follow a story closely may be familiar with, but the average reader may have initially missed or forgotten.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:28:08 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article12508058.html
Kansas City Kings photo caption omission, but not error http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article11369006.html#storylink=rss It is sometimes unfortunate when a piece of information might add clarity. But not all those instances rise to the level of a correction.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:58:48 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article11369006.html
There are lots of ways to find historical content from The Star http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article10696313.html#storylink=rss Readers ask nearly every day how they can look up content from throughout The Kansas City Star’s long history. There are many different ways, some with limitations.

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Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Wrong photo choice to illustrate KU assistant coach’s marijuana arrest http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article9913604.html#storylink=rss Many readers objected to a photo that ran with a story about the arrest of a K-State assistant basketball coach on marijuana charges.

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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:37:47 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article9913604.html
The Kansas education budget: Was growth just slowed or was that a cut? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article9452273.html#storylink=rss Those who keep a critical eye on government spending often question claims about “cuts” to budget items that are really just rollbacks to planned increases. Those voices were strong in reaction to recent news coverage about changes to Kansas’ educational funding — and they have a point.

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Sun, 08 Feb 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Real number or percentage? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article9356603.html#storylink=rss Some journalists use percentages instead of actual numbers, particularly when writing about trends in rates. Is that good or bad?

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Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:57:19 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article9356603.html
Why not name 67-year-old kidnapping victim? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article8621975.html#storylink=rss Journalists should be in the business of stating facts. But what mitigating factors might make it a good idea to hold some details back?

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:46:12 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article8621975.html
Internet addresses should sometimes break the rules http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article7870815.html#storylink=rss A Web address in today’s print edition foiled a reader. That’s because it was punctuated like English. It shouldn’t have been.

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:45:37 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article7870815.html
Publishing the offensive Charlie Hebdo images http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article6515562.html#storylink=rss 12 people lost their lives in Paris because terrorist gunmen were offended by cartoons in a satirical magazine. Should journalists reporting on the horrors also run the images?

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Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:09:49 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article6515562.html
Tragedy or transportation, journalists should report the news in simple, direct language http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article5689470.html#storylink=rss We all sometimes resort to indirect language in everyday life, but journalists should not use euphemisms in reporting the news, whether it’s about a person’s death or a business’ services. No, Uber and Lyft drivers don’t “share” rides.

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Sun, 11 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Leonard Pitts Jr. will return http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article5574309.html#storylink=rss Often, the print edition and its syndicated columnists’ schedules don’t line up. Readers worry their favorites have disappeared.

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Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:58:21 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article5574309.html
How to contact staff members at The Star http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article4939680.html#storylink=rss If reporters and editors are following the usual style, every writer’s email address and phone number are supposed to appear at the end of stories and columns. However, that bit of info is sometimes trimmed or omitted. Individual staff members are listed in staff directories by department at the bottom of each main page on KansasCity.com.

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Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:08:18 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article4939680.html
Would you correct this ‘Interview’ movie poem in print? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article4886028.html#storylink=rss It’s The Kansas City Star’s policy to make a note when something may be confusing. But sometimes it’s difficult to decide whether a minor detail requires that.

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Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:24:36 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article4886028.html
Small items are a big help in understanding a news story http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article4682325.html#storylink=rss The dominant story on the Dec. 17 front page of The Kansas City Star was the horrific attack on a school in Pakistan. One small element of how the package was presented was meaningful to at least two readers who called me.

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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:00:00 CST

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