We Want Your Questions

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

For journalists, a great question is a spark.

What does ISIS really want? Do babies know what’s happening when they interact with relatives via FaceTime or Skype? Why did crime decline in America? Who is the actual worst character on television?

The Atlantic is always trying to ask great questions like these. We know our readers are, too. As The Atlantic’s new assignment editor, part of my job will be fielding your questions: What are your curiosities? What would you like to know more about? What’s not on our radar but should be?

Branching off of Chris Bodenner’s work here in Notes—selecting and editing your emails, comments, and feedback to our stories—I’ll be focused on fielding the questions you’d like us to think about in our work going forward.

You’ll see us doing this in a number of ways: We’ll be posting calls for questions around particular story threads in our daily newsletter (which you can sign up for here). We'll be tweeting at you. And we’ll be using Notes, of course, to keep the conversation going.

Many of my calls for questions will be specific, tied to a theme or a news event that’s grabbed our attention. But feel free to ask about anything: facets of the stories we cover, the weird ways your city functions, largely-accepted-but-never-explained cultural norms.

Tell us here what you want to see us explore on The Atlantic. We’ll use your questions as inspiration for future stories and connect with you as we dive into them.