Miriam Pepper, a 38-year veteran of The Kansas City Star, and the paper’s editorial page editor, is retiring.
She’ll be replaced on an interim basis by columnist Barb Shelly.
The latest circulation figures from the Alliance of Audited Media show a mixed bag, with the Kansas City Star gaining 4 percent on Sundays and 3 percent on weekdays. The Wichita Eagle turned its fortunes around with a 17 percent jump in Sunday readers. The Topeka Capital-Journal, on the other hand, has seen a stunning loss in readership over the last year: 33 percent on Sundays and a
34 percent on weekdays. Continue reading
Former Missouri football star Michael Sam announced Sunday he was gay, a landmark step for a potential NFL draft pick, who could be the league’s first openly gay player.
Andy McCullough, who has most recently covered the New York Yankees for the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, is the new Royals beat writer for The Star.
The 2009 Syracuse University graduate previously covered the Mets for the Star-Ledger. Continue reading
Jeff Stockton was delivering papers along Johnson Drive when he heard someone calling out for help at about 3:30 a.m. Continue reading
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.