<![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 Farewell for now, readers — but not for good http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article78469077.html#storylink=rss Public editor Derek Donovan is stepping back from his regular job for a few months

The Star will remain committed to accuracy during his absence

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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:23:00 CDT

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Evaluate politicians’ positions against reality, say readers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article76173687.html#storylink=rss Journalists need to report on politicians’ records to educate the electorate

But what about hopefuls with no policy experience to evaluate?

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Sun, 15 May 2016 16:16:00 CDT

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Readers debate what is and isn’t news http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article74727737.html#storylink=rss Are some subjects just too squeamish to be covered?

Also, what makes a good ‘As I See It’ guest column?

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:11:07 CDT

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Sure, Star readers criticize and quibble — but they often have good things to say, too http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article72165207.html#storylink=rss Sometimes reader positives outweigh the negatives

There’s bad news for people wanting copies of old Star photos

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 20:52:23 CDT

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Donald Trump’s campaign points out why fair journalism matters http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article69493697.html#storylink=rss Readers of The Star’s print edition are often extremely fair-minded

Donald Trump provides plenty of fodder for their comments

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Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:54:16 CDT

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When colors blend, graphics can confuse readers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article67232797.html#storylink=rss Not all readers can perceive colors the same

Visuals convey information, so they must be distinct

Also, many readers objected to a KU basketball headline referencing Donald Trump

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Sun, 20 Mar 2016 16:55:28 CDT

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Soft-pedaling Trump protest violence? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article66952987.html#storylink=rss Donald Trump’s political rallies are literally unprecedented in the modern U.S.

Are those protesting the candidate the problem — or is it Trump’s calls for violence themselves?

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Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:54:54 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article66952987.html
Would you publish a guest column about abortion from an anonymous author? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article64090107.html#storylink=rss Should The Star run an opinion piece under an anonymous byline?

Also, why did Clinton’s primary win get lesser play than Bernie Sanders’ KC visit?

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 16:24:59 CST

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Accuracy extremely important in recipes http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article62739247.html#storylink=rss Is a mistake in a recipe no big deal?

No way. Beyond annoying, it can also be expensive

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:23:30 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article62739247.html
How ‘wonky’ should news coverage of sports and government be? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article61371237.html#storylink=rss There are sports and political news junkies — and then there are the rest of us

Readers often have wildly different expectations from The Star

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Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:36:47 CST

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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