Bob Dutton, who found new ways to write about the Royals as they found new ways to lose, is leaving the Kansas City Star, he announced on Twitter this morning.
The world of online comments is a dustbin of the occasional insightful observation peppered among some of the most vile, hateful, bottom-of-the-barrel droppings of the English language, topped with snark. At least that’s been my experience.
The Star has experienced that, too, and it’s moving its commenting platform from Disqus to Facebook next week.
Explains editor Mike Fannin:
Fewer hateful and unnecessary comments (equal) a more civil conversation. We wouldn’t allow these comments in our print editions, and we have the same standards for our digital products.
Next week, The Star will take another big step forward. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 17, readers who want to comment on KansasCity.com will be required to log in using a Facebook account.
For the record, we appreciate and encourage commenting on our stories. We want a thorough discourse on important issues and topics across the board. We find interesting context and useful tips in the comments sections. Most of our users behave thoughtfully.
But a few nameless, faceless readers are poisoning the well for everyone. That’s where Facebook comes in. Facebook users generally go by their real names, and many of our readers are on Facebook already. The discussion often improves when people are using their own names.
- Steve Vockradt left the Kansas City Business Journal to join the Pitch.
- Lindsey Slater Diepenbrock was named news director at 6News Lawrence.
- Katie Bean left the Lawrence Journal-World to join the Business Journal as its special sections editor.
- Shawnee Dispatch editor Rob Roberts has left to join the Kansas City Business Journal, covering real estate.
- Lawrence Journal-World managing editor Caroline Trowbridge has left the paper after 30 years with the World Company
- KSHB assistant news director Brett Akagi left the station.
- Kansas City Star columnist and editorial board member E. Thomas McClanahan retired.
After seeing a giant drop in circulation in the last September’s Alliance for Audited Media report (formerly Audit Bureau of Circulation), the Kansas City Star saw some small gains in the report issued Monday.
The Kansas City Star and Lawrence Journal-World were named finalists in the Investigative Reporters & Editors awards competition, announced yesterday. Continue reading
The Star once again has two sports columnists, as the paper announced the hiring of Vahe Gregorian, a longtime sportswriter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
He’ll tag-team with Sam Mellinger, whose been without a partner in crime since Kent Babb left to join the Washington Post. Gregorian’s wife, Cindy Billhartz Gregorian, will be The Star’s new House + Home editor, and also work on features. Continue reading