Monday, June 8, 2009

You Are So Busted. And Now Everybody Knows.

THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES RECENTLY launched a website highlighting pictures of people arrested in their circulation area over the past 24 hours.

Check it out here.

There are people busted for everything from drug dealing to attempted murder. There are also DUI's, driving without a license, burglary charges, battery and a handful of people for whom charges are not identified.

Is it journalism? Does that information help readers in their everyday lives?

Is it a cheap way to draw eyes, appealing to people's inner voyeurs? Is it ethical to run images of people who have yet to be found guilty of crimes?

Would you run the photos?

If we had something like this in Philly, would you check it out?


benjamin toledano said...

"Does that information help readers in their everyday lives?"

wouldnt you like to know if someone living next to you was selling drugs or was charged with burglary?

Rosalie A. Pena said...

If they had something like this in Philly Iwould definately check it out. I am a nosey person and I would like to know who got arrested and for what reason.