Last week our featured topic was the Obama Administration. On Tuesday, Obama was inaugurated as the 44th U.S. president, and observers around the world have already started to scrutinize his first actions in office. Our community looked beyond the inaugural fare to find out what President Obama's appointments and actions so far indicate about the approach and priorities of his administration. To that end, we reviewed over a hundred stories about the new administration, seeking quality news, analysis and opinion from across the political spectrum.
One the most well covered developments of the week was Obama's order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and secret military prisons abroad. Many of our top stories covered this sweeping move, which came in Obama's second day in office: 'Obama to shut Guantanamo site and C.I.A. prisons', 'Why can't Guantanamo's inmates stay in America?', and 'Obama moves to quickly erase Bush's legacy'.
Other noteworthy stories covered Obama's emerging foreign policy ('U.S. airstrikes offer a concrete sign of Obama's Pakistan policy', 'Obama and Israel') and how Obama's inauguration resonated in the developing world ('Out of Africa').
Our top rated story on the Obama Administration was 'Getting there from here: How should Obama reform health care?' from the New Yorker, an opinion that made a case for a piecemeal restructuring of the health care system.
Here's a list of our top stories on the Obama Administration:
2 U.S. airstrikes offer a concrete sign of Obama's Pakistan policy
Obama to shut Guantanamo site and C.I.A. prisons
New York Times
Lawmakers and lobbyists celebrate inauguration
Out of Africa
'Why can't Guantanamo's inmates stay in America?'
Getting there from here: How should Obama reform health care?
Obama and Israel
Obama moves to quickly erase Bush's legacy
What Obama should read
The triumph of Blue Patriotism
Obama's First 100 Days
Over the next three months, we'll organize our largest News Hunt ever, to monitor the news coverage of the Obama's first 100 days in office. During that time, we encourage you to keep submitting and reviewing great journalism on the Obama Administration. Keep your eyes peeled from now until the end of April -- not only will this period hold some key policy changes, but it will also give us an indication of what the rest of the new president's term could look like. We will provide more detail next month about this Obama News Hunt, and announce the results the first week in May. For updates, or to review current stories on this topic, visit our Obama Administration topic page.
This Week: Money and Personal Finance
Our featured topic this week is Money and personal finance. For this News Hunt, we are joining forces with Consumers Union and journalism students at Stanford University to look for quality news coverage on how to cope with the economic crisis. All week, we will review news and opinion on a wide range of money-related topics, from credit card debt to financial planning, investment strategies and saving for retirement. Help us find and promote good journalism on this topic by reviewing stories in our new Money section.
Next Week: Education with Ashoka
Next week, we're joining forces with Ashoka, the global network of social entrepreneurs, to focus on education. Starting Feb. 2, we will review news and opinion on a wide range of related topics, from early childhood to digital learning to global literacy. Have you read a good story on education lately? Help us prepare for this one-of-a-kind partnership and submit or review stories on our Education topic page.