Racial bias affects media coverage of missing people. A new tool illustrates how

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A missing persons flyer, bearing the name of Annie Le, shown here in New Haven, Conn., in September 2009. This year, the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) launched a new tool that allows users to openly share their “press value” with the world if they were to go missing. Thomas Cain/Associated Press

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Thousands of people are reported missing in the United States each year. And while not every missing person case will get widespread media coverage, the fight to locate them —

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