A couple weeks ago, we had a discussion about using the word “alleged” when describing marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And we’re having that discussion again today because earlier this week, his defense team admitted he did it. So is he still the “alleged” bomber or the “admitted” bomber or, simply, the bomber? 

Dan Kennedy is an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University.

Joshua Benton is the director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University.

Tom Fiedler is the dean of Boston University's College of Communication.

Callie Crossley hosts WGBH News' Under the Radar.