Arrest made in St. Paul rape case
Due to the high-profile nature of the rape of a teenage girl in her own home, both local papers granted coverage to the arrest of a suspect. The difference between the two, though, lies in the choice of the Pioneer Press to name the alleged rapist and the Star Tribune's choice to refer to the man only as "the suspect." Based on past knowledge and experience in dealing with these newspapers' policies regarding naming suspects, I know that news-organization policies governed each of these stories. It is the policy of the Star Tribune to not name suspects before definite charges are filed. As of the time of story posting, the man had only been arrested "on suspicion" of being involved. Police said they released arrest information due to the high-profile and "horrific" nature of the case, but that doesn't necessarily warrant the editorial freedom of naming the suspect, though the major Twin Cities newspapers appear to disagree on that point.