Wednesday, October 17, 2007
You make the call
Newspaper editors are using their blogs to get reader advice on issues of taste and ethics. Here are two examples:
  • John Robinson of the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C., on whether to allow "scared shitless" in a direct quote from someone battling cancer.
  • Mark Schultz of The Chapel Hill News on whether to run a photograph of a cadaver with a story about first-year medical students.
posted by Andy Bechtel at 10:27 AM | Permalink |


  • At 12:58 PM, Anonymous geek girl

    I'd say (1) "scared shitless" in a story about facing cancer is worth keeping because it's real, but (2) no full picture of a cadaver (maybe just part of it and out of focus in the background). I don't want to see that in any detail!

  • At 4:53 AM, Blogger Phillip

    Part of being an editor is making decisions. Make them and don't apologize later.

  • At 3:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

    how about editors asking readers for monday morning quarterbacking on newsjudgment?

    to wit: pakistan bombings appearing on Page 1 of the Spokesman-Review: