Media Critics

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently sparked a firestorm by naming a woman who may have been the victim of a sexual assault. On this edition of Up To Date, the Media Critics discuss the newspaper's decision. Plus, they analyze coverage of the Charleston, South Carolina, tragedy and the historic Kansas legislative session.  


Frank Morris / KCUR

The police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the Royals finally making it back to the world series, intense races for governor and the U.S. senate in Kansas, 2014 was a year of big news on both sides of the state line.

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and the Media Critics break down area news coverage. They look at how national and foreign media covered major stories, and they bring us their take on the most over-reported and under-reported news of the year.

Frank Morris / KCUR

Covering intense events in the heat of the moment isn’t easy.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we turn a critical eye toward the press in the wake of the events in Ferguson, as the Media Critics join us.


  • Derek Donovan, The Kansas City Star
  • Pam Fine, University of Kansas
  • Frank Morris, KCUR
  • Margie Freivogel, news editor for St. Louis Public Radio

We’ve all seen the news breaking on Twitter, on Facebook and on the TV news tickers, but how often does the rush to be first end in a chorus of apologies for getting it wrong? 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, the Media Critics join Steve Kraske to discuss the big issues in journalism today. 


The Kansas City Star

Everyone's got an opinion on what that media's doing right-- and what it's doing wrong. On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with a few experts from the trenches about recent headlines: Derek Donovan, public editor at The Kansas City Star, Peggy Lowe of Harvest Public Media, and Pam Fine, Knight Chair & professor of journalism at the University of Kansas all weigh in on the topics. 

These days, it's hard to tell if you're reading a celebrity tabloid or the day's headlines.

Jason Noble, Des Moines Register

It’s easy to lose interest in political campaigns, but it’s the news media’s responsibility to make it interesting – and get it right.