Paper blasted for not naming adults linked to girl’s suicide

Romenesko Letters
The Lee-owned St. Charles Journal recently wrote about a teenage girl who killed herself after two adults’ postings on MySpace. The paper declined to name the pair, but blogs outed them. The Lee paper was criticized for its editorial decision, with one newspaper employee writing on Jezebel.com: “Every day newspaper journalism as we know it gets one step closer to death, as readers turn to blogs and TV and other media for information. This wimp of an editor, who doesn’t have the guts to name the wrongdoers involved, has just hastened our eventual demise by at least another week or two.”

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