Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A follow up on Chau

Following a scooping by USM's The Free Press, the Portland Press Herald, Portland's paper of record, has finally featured Siphat Chau in a front page missing persons story.

Chau, a 19 year old Asian male, disappeared from his family’s home in Portland at 1:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve. With the exception of 3 dispatch notices, without photos, and a few initial clips on television, there had been very little from any of the major media outlets about his disappearance.

While any coverage will help bring Chau into the public eye, the Press Herald completely avoided the issues of race and gender that plague news coverage of missing men and minorities across the nation.

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