The Raleigh News & Observer hosts the Editors’ Blog where five editors – the executive editor for news, the managing editor, and three deputy managing editors – all blog.
Doesn't that sound like a blog where you’d see lots of commnets?
When seeking ads, the N&O claims it reaches a half-million readers with its Sunday editon.
But the EB has a problem.
Executive editor Melanie Sill explained in the following August 15 post:
Attention Editor's Blog readers: The lines are open______________________________________________________
This blog is about two years old now. We are looking at its effectiveness, as we assess everything we do from time to time, and are interested in any suggestions or comments. As with most blogs, the number of readers is many times larger than the number of people who post comments.
The blog was most active (and most visited) during the Duke lacrosse case coverage. Before that, a flap over radio station Air America probably provided the most comments, though that situation seemed odd given the lack of any real connection between N&O coverage and the liberal radio station.
The blog gives us a way to address coverage issues and mistakes right away.
What's missing, or what do you like?
Post below so other readers can share the dialogue, or if you prefer email me or John Drescher directly at the links to the right.
I’ve just left the following comment on Sill's post thread.
I didn’t respond before now because I wanted to give others a chance to have their say first.
Since more than a week has gone by with no one responding, I’ll go ahead and say a few things while we wait for the others.
First, why do you think so few people comment here?
No doubt you and the other four editors have discussed the question. What did you tell yourselves?
If you’ll post your answers, I bet you’ll get some dialogue going.
Now as to: “What’s missing, or what do you like?”
Well, missing from the N&O’s 3/24/06 story which “broke” the Duke lacrosse case was any mention of the extensive cooperation the players provided police.
The N&O also withheld information about the players’ cooperation from your 3/25/06 “anonymous interview” story which you told readers was about a night which ended in “sexual violence.”
Instead, the N&O promulgated the lie that the players were not cooperating.
What I’d like to have, Melanie, are answers to questions I’ve been asking since last Spring. Many others also want answers to those questions which include:
Why did the N&O say nothing in it’s 3/24 & 25 stories about the players’ cooperation?
Information about the players’ cooperation was out there.
Did all the editors who worked on those stories agree from the get-go that it was OK to say nothing about the players’ cooperation?
In your 3/25 story, why did the N&O promulgate what it knew was the lie that the players’ weren’t cooperating?
On what date and in what detail following your 3/25 story did you first report on the players’ cooperation with police.
Why has it taken you more than a year to answer these questions?
I look forward to your answers.
I’ll end now and give you and others a chance to respond.
John in Carolina