When I first took over a newspaper column about AIDS nine years ago, men in San Francisco were dying at an alarming rate. Most were gay, white and middle-class. I began reporting weekly on gay, white men and their struggle with the disease until we invited some readers into the newsroom.
When SPJ released its guidelines to help journalists avoid racial, ethnic and religious profiling, the response from some quarters was vehement. After a conservative publication ridiculed the statement in October, the SPJ office in Indianapolis received about 20 angry e-mails in one weekend.