Should newspapers make money off mugshot galleries?

Many local newspapers’ websites included photo galleries of mugshots, and most of those websites are making money off those mugshots, Fusion reports. Fusion analyzed 74 U.S. newspapers, most of which were owned by Tribune Publishing or McClatchy, and found that 40 percent of those newspapers publish mugshot galleries. But the business model of making money off mugshot galleries presents some ethical concerns, says University of Nebraska at Lincoln journalism professor Matt Waite, who previously worked at the Tampa Bay Times: “We immediately recognized that we’re basically creating a digital scarlet letter here, and we’ll be the first result in Google for anybody’s name, anytime, ever. And none of us were comfortable with that.”