<![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 Many readers don’t want to see images of death and destruction http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article32651913.html#storylink=rss The Star has to cover terrible happenings. But readers appreciate it when editors choose not to give prominent display to images that many would find distasteful.

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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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Transgender identity can’t always be verified — and it isn’t always an either/or http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article31391402.html#storylink=rss A small, self-appointed Twitter squad is claiming to know more about the victim of a violent crime than police do. Journalists should rightly look deeper - but certainly shouldn’t take anyone’s word for granted.

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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:50:52 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article31391402.html
Readers and journalists don’t always agree on what makes for front-page news http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article31127810.html#storylink=rss One of the most common criticisms from readers concerns the selection of news items for Page A1 of the print edition. Editors don’t always choose stories by the same criteria that their audience might expect.

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Sun, 16 Aug 2015 11:16:00 CDT

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Stories such as Ferguson are difficult to discuss as news, not opinion http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article31136117.html#storylink=rss Lots of readers wanted to talk about a big story on attitudes towards law enforcement and race. But it’s problematic.

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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:08:36 CDT By DEREK DONOVAN

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The Star’s print and online editions are quite different — by design http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article29668702.html#storylink=rss Print readers often struggle when they try to navigate or search KansasCity.com. That’s partly because the two platforms are meant to be much different from each other, but editors could make things easier.

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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Readers react to The Star’s Van Halen reviewer: Go ‘Jump’ in a lake http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article28444732.html#storylink=rss The Star’s review of Van Halen’s Kansas City show drew some heavy disagreement from others who were there.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:12:38 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article28444732.html
Is a crime victim’s own criminal past fair journalistic game? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article27526825.html#storylink=rss Readers of The Kansas City Star often show concern for the effects that news coverage will have on the people involved — particularly when those subjects have died or became involved in the events unwillingly.

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article27526825.html
Photos, graphics amount to ‘lazy journalism’? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article27340249.html#storylink=rss It’s difficult to make generalizations, because there are obviously too many print papers in the world for any broad statements to hold true across the board. But you don’t have to spend much time looking at the pages that win awards from organizations such as the Society for News Design to see that in general, pages that make bold visual statements tend to dominate within the industry.

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Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:07:57 CDT By DEREK DONOVAN

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Contacting The Star http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article26618635.html#storylink=rss I’m out of the office until July 13. Here’s how to contact the newsroom.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:08:34 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article26618635.html
The Star’s website design doesn’t differentiate between opinion, news well enough http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article25610731.html#storylink=rss The Star draws a clear line between reporting news and offering commentary. But the design of KansasCity.com has a serious flaw in making that clear.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:38:48 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article25610731.html
Presentation of Star columns, especially in print, can be confusing http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article25608340.html#storylink=rss The Star publishes “beat columns,” which aren’t quite opinion pieces, but their presentation leaves something to be desired. These columns generally run on the first of the Local pages, and are labeled “commentary.” They aren’t exactly what The Star’s audience has come to expect with that label, though.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:19:00 CDT By DEREK DONOVAN

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Why show bad behavior? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article23876341.html#storylink=rss A photo at the top of Page A-4 on June 5 depicted two teenagers practicing skateboarding tricks in the parking lot of an area school. Harmless fun? Not to a reader who called public editor Derek Donovan. The lead story on the cover of the June 8 FYI section, a profile of viral video stars Sam Golbach and Colby Brock, drew related criticism from multiple readers.

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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article23876341.html
Download the puzzles that were accidentally omitted in this week’s Star TV Plus http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article23746714.html#storylink=rss Last Sunday’s Star TV Plus re-ran old puzzles. That’s a headache.

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:36:08 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article23746714.html
Is covering teens’ Vine pranks responsible? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article23521921.html#storylink=rss A story covers two local teenagers’ popular Vine videos. But should The Star give them a larger platform for their obnoxious behavior?

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Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:56:13 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article23521921.html
Do all presidential candidates deserve equal treatment by journalists? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article22633320.html#storylink=rss One could argue that The Star is being a bit overly scrupulous by covering them all in the same manner. It’s the journalist’s job to separate news wheat from chaff, and readers expect editors to exercise good news judgment.

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Sun, 31 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Should The Star print anonymous or pseudonymous letters to the editor? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article22638369.html#storylink=rss Should media sources such as The Star allow letter-writers to conceal their identities?

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Fri, 29 May 2015 16:52:02 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article22638369.html
Missing clues to the Sunday crossword http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article22360989.html#storylink=rss An extremely unusual layout error obliterated several clues to Sunday’s A+E crossword. That’s a problem for puzzlers.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 14:44:01 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article22360989.html
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