February 6, 2012 How far can a social media journalist go in sending graphic videos of children and violence? NPR's near-legendary Andy Carvin got push-back yesterday for gruesome Syrian images that he re-Tweeted. Carvin argues that the rules of social and traditional media are different. Do we need to be reminded of the cost of war?
January 31, 2012 A biology professor pleas for a return to the proper use of "data" as a plural noun. But in the world of ever-changing language and fashion, is it too late to turn back time? If we could find a way....
January 27, 2012 A Morning Edition report said that the Arab Spring "uprising" in Bahrain has "definitely failed." Yet, unrest continues. So is the "revolution" over? Or are reports of its death greatly exaggerated? The newsroom is divided. Join the discussion.
January 20, 2012 Sure, reporters should correct false statements by politicians and others, but that is not always possible on daily deadline stories. So what to do? The NYT ombudsman has been widely mocked for asking, but many of the critics know not of what they speak. Journalism has gotten better, not worse.
January 20, 2012 A selection of reactions to last week's post about whether NPR should correct a report about Iran's nuclear program. I said no—and stand by that conclusion—but many still disagree. Where do you fall in the debate?
January 19, 2012 An NPR online report told how to get around Wikipedia's blackout protesting web intellectual property bills in Congress. Some readers were incensed and accused NPR of taking sides in the fight. We take a look at it and find not so.
January 12, 2012 It's only January, but according to a recent survey many Americans think the 2012 presidential campaign is getting too much coverage. Judging by our inbox, many of you think so. We even got a break-up letter from a listener.
January 10, 2012 As Rick Santorum's campaign has surged, so has Dan Savage's re-definition of his name on Google. NPR reported on the issue, but one listener thought the piece was inappropriate, and contributed to Savage's agenda. I sympathize, but don't agree.
January 6, 2012 Mitt Romney may have come in first but got no delegates in the Iowa caucuses. So one discriminating listener says no one can be declared a 'winner.' NPR's Political Junkie, Ken Rudin, answers. Just when you thought you were caucused out.
January 4, 2012 A legendary sports commentator missed contexts on violent hazing by historically black marching bands and on end zone preening by mostly black professional football players. But criticizing another racial culture is OK. It all depends on how, and where you think we are as a nation in racial relations.
December 20, 2011 Stories on the new Catholic liturgy prompted complaints that Catholicism is over-covered. Islam, Judaism and Christianity were in fact mentioned much more this year. A monthly average of three stories mentioning the denomination practiced by a quarter of all Americans doesn't seem out of line.
December 19, 2011 A report on domestic drones raised criticisms that NPR was overlooking a privacy threat. Good point, but premature. That said, right and left might agree on the concern. Let's talk.
December 16, 2011 Carmakers have agreed to reach an average fuel efficiency of 55 mpg in 14 years. An NPR series says the challenge will be difficult to meet without changing how Americans drive. Not so, says an expert. How the effort's framed will affect public attitudes. What should NPR's future framing be?
December 14, 2011 An NPR report on recent vandalism to Arab sites in Israel unnecessarily confused listeners by lacking context and airing a tendentious interview about the Israeli right that should have been cut. But the story was not an anti-Israel diatribe, as some claim, and was correct in its main premise.
December 1, 2011 In Burmese, it's called Myanma. But in English, the world's divided between Myanmar and Burma. Few Americans cared, but now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited this week and the country is emerging from the dictatorial shadows. Linguistics and legitimacy say it's time to put Burma to rest.