Sean Howe traces the start of his Committee to Detect Journalists page to his quest to locate Tom Burke, who once wrote for Rolling Stone, Esquire and other publications. He and Grantland writer Alex Pappademas bought Burke’s book and spent two or three years “trying to figure out what happened to him,” Howe said in a phone call with Poynter.
“It’s really surprising that people whose names are out there and Google-able, how hard it can be to find out what happened to them.” Howe’s new Facebook page aims to solve that problem through crowdsourcing: Surely someone knows what happened to some of these folks, he reckons. But for it to work, he’ll need a lot more people to join — currently 35 people have liked the page. Read more