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New recommendations for crime coverage

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The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has issued new guidelines for crime coverage as part of a routine overview of Coverage Guidelines from the RTDNA Ethics Committee.

The organization reported that its new guidelines cover issues such as the use of mugshots and police released video; the use of “suspect” or “person of interest” descriptions; non-violent crime reporting; and considerations for policies to update digital crime stories.

Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues.  This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.