Newsroom webinar addresses situation that asks to delete ‘the first draft of history’


Newsrooms are invited to register for the online webinar “Crime, mugshots and takedown requests: Addressing the long-tail of digital crime reporting,” happening at 11:30 a.m. Eastern/10:30 a.m. Central on Friday, April 9. The event is being hosted by the News Leaders Association and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

People identified in crime news often face long-term effects that can last a lifetime. As newsrooms grapple with cultural shifts to address racism, social inequity and the damage a long-tail of publishing can cause, they’re fielding an increase in requests to unpublish crime reports online. Even traditional crime reporting practices such as using mug shots are increasingly under scrutiny in newsrooms across the country.

News leaders from The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Chattanooga Times Free Press and will share their newsrooms’ editorial policies and the philosophies driving them — including managing requests to remove, de-index or alter “the first draft of history.”

Deborah Dwyer, Reynolds Journalism Institute residential fellow, who is working on tools to help newsrooms address unpublishing, will moderate the discussion and facilitate an audience Q&A.

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