“Mugshot Journalism Goes Mainstream” In Florida


The St. Petersburg Times has started its own police mug shots site — mugshots.tampabay.com — reports Creative Loafing in Tampa Bay. Featuring mug shots of people arrested in the previous 24 hours in three jurisdictions, the site includes a careful addendum clarifying that no one has been convicted of anything. Neither a media historian nor a National Crime Prevention Council spokesperson saw much value in mug rags either as journalism or as law enforcement tool.

The Times’s own media critic, Eric Deggans, cites “the site’s most controversial aspect — that it highlights people who have only been arrested for a crime in the most unflattering light possible.” He added: “Given the needs newspapers face for revenue, I wish we could have found a way to charge for some aspects of it.”

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