Story Behind Go! Cover Photo of Kissing Interracial Couple
by Mallary Tenore Tarpley
I wrote a story for Poynter Online this week about a Go! cover photo of an interracial couple and the racially charged comments it generated.
To find out more about the issue, I talked with editors at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, including Kurt Greenbaum, editor of social media, about how they handled the comments:
When you’re trying to foster a conversation about race, how do you choose whom to include and whom to exclude?
It’s a question that reporters and editors at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have asked a lot since launching the paper’s ‘A Conversation about Race‘ blog in January, and one that generated quite a bit of attention last week.
In a ‘Conversation about Race’ blog post on Friday, Post-Dispatch reporter Doug Moore wrote about the controversy surrounding a photo of a interracial couple that appeared on the Post-Dispatch‘s weekly Go! magazine. The photo generated negative comments from readers, many of whom said they were disturbed that the paper would run such an image.