Letter from the editors: Coverage of race and crime – The Stanford Daily – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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The Stanford Daily takes great pride in its efforts to inform and serve our campus community. One way we do this is through reporting on crime that occurs on campus by publishing a weekly Police Blotter, which consists of a selection of incidents as recorded in the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) bulletin and articles about AlertSU incidents.

However, The Daily recognizes that many students and community members of color, especially Black individuals, feel uncomfortable and fearful when such reporting is published, as it puts marginalized groups at risk of racial profiling and discrimination. This runs contrary to The Daily’s mission of serving the Stanford community with timely and impactful journalism.

With this in mind, we created a crime coverage policy to guide our reporting going forward. The policy has been added to our public policies and standards page and reads as follows: 

The Daily does not include race and ethnicity in its coverage of crimes around campus as of Dec. 1, 2021. There are three exceptions t


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