This week's featured topic on NewsTrust is John McCain. Our partner for this 'news hunt' is Huffington Post's OffTheBus, a wonderful 'pro-am' initiative that empowers citizens to make important contributions to campaign coverage. Check our press release on this exciting partnership -- and check this blog for regular updates. UPDATE: HERE ARE THE FIRST RESULTS OF OUR NEWS HUNT, AS WELL AS THE FULL LISTING OF REVIEWED STORIES, FROM JUNE 2 TO JUNE 9.
Think of this 'news hunt' as a scavenger hunt for good journalism on John McCain. All week, from Monday, June 2nd, through Sunday, June 8th, we will collectively review hundreds of news articles and opinions about the candidate, using the NewsTrust review tools. Together, we will rate the news based on quality, not just popularity -- by evaluating each article's fairness, sourcing, context and other core principles of good journalism. This focus on quality information and news literacy can help us all make more informed decisions as citizens, as well as re-build the trust that has been lost between the news media and the public.
Throughout the week, we will prominently feature the top stories, sources and reviewers on the NewsTrust website and in our email newsletters. In a week, we'll announce the results of our news hunt on this blog.
Help us find the best journalism on this important topic, by joining forces with NewsTrust and Huffington Post's OffTheBus, to review and submit stories about John McCain.
If you haven't already, please sign up to review some of the recommended stories on our site. To quickly submit new stories on this topic, be sure to get our bookmarklet. For more tips on how to join our news hunt, check our welcome page for new members.
This is a great opportunity to join forces with thousands of other like-minded news readers, and collectively find the best recent coverage about John McCain. Our hope is that our work will stimulate an appreciation for good journalism, and a market demand for high-quality news coverage. Along the way, we will each discover a few new articles (or even sources) to help us better understand our world, learning from each other in the process. And this is a wonderful way to practice our news literacy skills and become more discriminating news consumers in the process.
Thanks to our partners at Huffington Post's OffTheBus
Here at NewsTrust, we're delighted to be working with the trailblazing Huffington Post OffTheBus team, especially Amanda Michel, Arianna Huffington, Betsy Morgan, Mario Ruiz, Marc Cooper, John Tomasic and the rest of the vibrant HuffPo community. We thank them all for their wonderful contributions to this project, and look forward to our next steps together ...
And if you haven't already, check out the last chapter in Arianna's latest book, Right is Wrong, where she shares her insights on how McCain has changed in recent years, from maverick outsider to Washington insider. The rest of the book is illuminating and highly recommended. And hearing Arianna in person is even more inspiring, as attested by the standing room only crowd at this recent book reading in Corte Madera, pictured here.
We're very grateful to Arianna for her gracious support -- and look forward to working with her and the HuffPo community on this exciting 'news hunt' for good journalism on John McCain.
A big thank you as well to our world-class NewsTrust team for leading the charge on this project: Beth Wellington, Kaizar Campwala, David Cohn and David Fox. We appreciate your going the extra mile to help this project happen.
Check our blog for regular updates on this News Hunt. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us by email or post your feedback on our Suggestions page.
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