The Washington Examiner likes helping law enforcement agencies catch fugitives so much, it joined Pinterest. But that solution hasn’t been an effective as its lower-tech “Most Wanted” print column, which scored its 50th successful fugitive tip on Friday.
Scott McCabe, a crime reporter for the Examiner, says editors were originally just looking for another regular feature to run in the crime section. But as “Most Wanted” racked up successful arrests after its July 2008 launch, “we realized that we were onto something,” McCabe says.
McCabe thinks some of the feature’s success comes from running in a free paper.
“We go into some of the neighborhoods where people can’t afford to get the Post, and they can pick up the Examiner and read it for free,” says McCabe. “And sometimes they see some of their neighbors.”
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