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.


  1. 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!

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