Cold Case Reporting: Revisiting Racial Crimes

Here’s What People Want to Know: Why Do Journalists Tell These Stories?

By Cold Case Reporting: Revisiting Racial Crimes September 12, 2011

Why is what happened then considered news today? Why stir up memories of events that were long ago put to rest? Hank Klibanoff, author of “The Race Beat” and managing editor of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project, leads off our collection of stories by writing about how people want to know what compels journalists to dig into racial crimes from a distant era. Others involved with this project—and two reporters who covered the civil rights movement—write about the importance of not forgetting. Read more

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