There were no takers on last week's "You be the Editor" dilemma.
You may recall that earlier this year, I offered readers a
challenge: You be the
editor. Each Thursday, this column would present an ethical or policy decision about news coverage that an editor might have to make. Readers are invited to share how they would handle the dilemma.
So, here is last week's dilemma, in hopes that everyone just got a little busy with spring cleaning:
On a Friday afternoon, you receive a signed letter to the editor that is critical of a school principal. You know when the letter is published it will cause a rumble in the community. You also know that because of publication deadlines, the letter can't be published until Tuesday's issue.
A) In advance of
publication show the letter to the principal so he can have time to draft a response that can be printed in the same issue.
B) Print the letter and let others, including the principal, respond in a letter on the issues listed in the complaint.
I'll print some of the responses next Thursday.
If there are none, we'll move on to another dilemma.