<![CDATA[Public Editor News | 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 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Viral $44.5 million Kansas school funding cut story is old news http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article59614076.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:51:10 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article59614076.html Readers are already watching for bias in election coverage, while others just want it to go away http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article58712218.html#storylink=rss Readers are already watching coverage of the presidential race for biased language

Others say there’s too much to come, so we don’t need to see it yet

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Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:00:00 CST

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Two accurate graphics that became misleading when stacked http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article57115873.html#storylink=rss Readers can understandably infer unintended relationships

The juxtaposition of elements on the page is important

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Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:12:38 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article57115873.html
‘Balance’ extends beyond just the political http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article56149945.html#storylink=rss Topics usually need to touch on the public’s well-being to rise to the level of news

Another crucial component of what makes coverage “balanced” is the mixture between positive and negative

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Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:11:00 CST

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‘Terrorist,’ ‘protester,’ ‘militia member’ — or something else entirely? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article53766670.html#storylink=rss Terms such as ‘terrorist’ or ‘protester’ can divide readers

Journalists should be watchful for words that can look like bias

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Sun, 10 Jan 2016 09:00:00 CST

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Ammon Bundy did not compare himself to Rosa Parks http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article53373540.html#storylink=rss Twitter fools media outlets yet again

Error is yet another call for traditional verification standards

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Wed, 06 Jan 2016 17:01:07 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article53373540.html
No two crimes are really alike, and they affect the public in different ways http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article51545890.html#storylink=rss Readers expect The Star to keep tabs on criminal activity

Violence isn’t the only threat to public safety, though

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Sun, 27 Dec 2015 09:59:00 CST

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Sorry, but you didn’t really find an 1880 edition of The Kansas City (Evening) Star http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article51278225.html#storylink=rss The Star has printed thousands and thousands of reproductions of its first edition

Here’s how you can tell it’s a souvenir replica

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:56:51 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article51278225.html
Variety of opinion is a matter of perspective http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article49105945.html#storylink=rss Readers want to see a variety of viewpoints in The Star. But there is a lot more than just left and right.

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:00:00 CST

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Headline about firefighters’ deaths emotionally difficult for many readers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article48522895.html#storylink=rss Many people criticized a major Star story about the recent deaths of two KCFD firefighters

The matter-of-fact headline drew the most objections

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 18:07:00 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article48522895.html
Does ‘more than one mass murder a day’ figure stoke needless fear in the public? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article47820395.html#storylink=rss A reader has understandable objections to the methodology of a wire story

While all shootings are frightening, there are big differences among them

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 16:49:48 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article47820395.html
Child abuse coverage troubling to some readers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article47626015.html#storylink=rss A Page 1A headline today noted the body of an abused child was allegedly fed to pigs

News about negative events is often hard for readers to stomach

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 17:45:53 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article47626015.html
Details in crime coverage can present problems http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article46795835.html#storylink=rss Journalists must always strive to make coverage of the criminal justice system as fair and complete as possible

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:00:00 CST

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When criminal charges are dropped, can the news coverage ever be truly equal? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article44796975.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 07:00:00 CST

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Readers debate tallies, stats, data in print http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article41999319.html#storylink=rss Some types of information just work better in print

Even digital-first readers like seeing things in the paper

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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 08:00:00 CST

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Friday’s print puzzles are there — but you might have to hunt http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article41052219.html#storylink=rss Friday’s FYI is missing a page in some copies

The puzzles, Billy Graham and other features had to move elsewhere

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Thu, 22 Oct 2015 17:50:57 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article41052219.html
How does The Star’s editorial board work? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article39500094.html#storylink=rss The editorial board is separate from the newsroom

It is a legacy from newspapers’ history

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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Was Confederate history group inappropriate topic? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article39164121.html#storylink=rss Some readers don’t want to read about Confederate history group

Story included opposing voices

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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:43:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article39164121.html
Public Editor: Readers flood feedback lines over redesign of The Star in print http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article37391040.html#storylink=rss Readers offered the most feedback the public editor has ever received in over a decade

Most opinions so far have been positive — except for hundreds who hated the new crossword

Editors have already brought back The Daily Commuter crossword

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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The Star heard you: The daily crossword will be restored http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article37238133.html#storylink=rss The Daily Commuter by Jackie Mathews returns in Saturday’s paper

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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:57:58 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article37238133.html
Provocative Bryce Harper ‘choke’ blog post draws critics’ ire http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article36973230.html#storylink=rss Twitterverse erupts in criticism of Judging the Royals post

Longtime commentator Lee Judge stands by his words

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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 17:21:03 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article36973230.html
Minor wording in Volkswagen editorial shifts credit http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article36861414.html#storylink=rss Original wording in Volkswagen editorial credited the EPA for work done by a university group

Small changes can make a big difference to meaning

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Mon, 28 Sep 2015 16:39:09 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article36861414.html
Some readers found commemoration on 9/11 anniversary insufficient http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article35735901.html#storylink=rss Readers often criticize The Star’s print edition for not making mention of important historical anniversaries on the date they occurred. But how far should that extend?

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Sun, 20 Sep 2015 10:52:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article35735901.html
Does full statement of Ann Harrison’s parents paint a different picture? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article33736182.html#storylink=rss Some readers felt that the parts of the statement by Ann Harrison’s parents in the news story about her killer’s execution didn’t communicate their true intentions.

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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:18:14 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article33736182.html
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