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
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!
Part of being an editor is making decisions. Make them and don't apologize later.
how about editors asking readers for monday morning quarterbacking on newsjudgment?
to wit: pakistan bombings appearing on Page 1 of the Spokesman-Review: