Journalism students rewrite their history

A post about reputation management caught my eye over at the Innovation in College media blog.

Judging from frequent posts to the CMA listserv, more and more former students are attempting to get college media outlets to remove news items from their online archives.

In the post Bryan Murley cites a Washington Post article on companies that make money from clearing your past mistakes on the web:

Charging anything from a few dollars to thousands of dollars a month, companies such as International Reputation Management, Naymz and ReputationDefender don’t promise to erase the bad stuff on the Web. But they do assure their clients of better results on an Internet search, pushing the positive items up on the first page and burying the others deep.

The idea that this kind of thing goes on is not a surprise. But the idea that a lot of students are trying to polish up their profile and sideline, as Bryan puts it “youthful indiscretions”, was a bit of a shock.

We are still trying to get a lot of our students past the idea that Facebook is an ‘open’ platform not a text message chat with their mates. But I’m intrigued to know if anyone in the UK has had this kind of request

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