The Los Angeles Times reported recently that an estimated 30 reporters had been killed or had gone missing since a government effort began in 2006 to break up the powerful criminal groups. The article followed an extraordinary editorial in a newspaper in Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, that appealed to the drug lords to tell it what news they don’t want published. The front-page plea followed the killing of second journalist on the paper’s staff.
I'm Joe Murphy. I'm a senior web developer at Digital First Media, working out of the Denver Post's newsroom. Before that I ran my own web design and development company, and a long time ago I was a fledgling newspaper reporter. I like me a good story.