This week, NewsTrust is turning its spotlight on the Big Apple and its news media: we are looking for good (and bad) journalism on how the recession is affecting people in New York City.
Our partners for this pilot are the Huffington Post's NYC Portal, its Eyes and Ears team, as well as the New York City magazine City Limits, -- and NewsTrust members like you. From March 29th to April 4th, 2010, we will join forces to rate news media coverage of local economic issues ranging from unemployment to government cutbacks. The following week, we'll feature some of the best and worst coverage we found together, here on the NewsTrust blog.
Joining the News Hunt is easy and fun -- and you can contribute in just minutes, by reviewing stories on our New York City page. You can also post related stories we might have missed on this topic (be sure to type "New York City" in the topic field).
As you review these stories, you will learn more about important local issues, and you will become more aware of the quality of the news you consume. This unique experiment, funded by Omidyar Network , invites citizens and journalists to help survey how different news sources are covering one of the most dynamic cities in America: New York City.
News Hunt Schedule
Here's a day-by-day schedule for this week:
- Monday: Major Dailies/Wires
- Tuesday: Magazines/Independents
- Wednesday: TV/Radio
- Thursday: Online/Blogs
- Friday: Hyperlocal/Boroughs
- Saturday: Bad Journalism
UPDATES: Each day this week, we have updated this blog post with more stories for review, to survey a wide range of news sources covering NYC.
Monday: Major Dailies/Wires
- New York Hospitals Under the Knife - Wall Street Journal
- 12 New York City Council Members Form Liberal Bloc - New York Times
- Bronxites takes long rides to stock up at upper West Side food pantry - New York Daily News
- Into the void - New York Post
- NYC recession proves shallower than expected - Reuters
- New York Helicopter Commute for $200 a Day Signals Revival - Bloomberg
- Getting From Here To There - City Limits
- In Brooklyn, Mortgage Crisis Eats Away Wealth of Several Generations of Hispanics - El Diario
- New York's Ten Worst Landlords - Village Voice
- Building on Health Reform Momentum, NYC Workers Push for Paid Sick Days - In These Times
- The Phantom Token Booth: MTA Cuts Station Agents - WNYC
- Do Charter Schools Worsen Inequality of Two-Tiered Education System? - Democracy Now
- In Your Neighborhood: Jobs - WABC 7
- Close to Home - Frontline
- Elder Abuse Programs Must Be Saved - Gotham Gazette
- Time for Developers to Contribute to the City’s Infrastructure Needs - Drum Major Institute
- Judge tells Bloomberg "Not So Fast" - Huffington Post
- Unemployed Over 50: A View from the Ground - Women's Voices for Change
- News Release: "The Arena Can Wait. Affordable Housing Now!" - Develop--Don't Destroy Brooklyn
- Bronx: Bronx Church Fights Gentrification Trend That It Created - Bronx Ink
- Bronx: Residents rail against transit cuts - Hunts Point Express
- Queens: Payment delays on school jobs vex contractors - Your Nabe.com
- Staten Island: Schools chancellor gets an earful - Staten Island Advance
- Brooklyn: Artists Offer a Visual Dialogue on a Changing Brooklyn - Gotham Gazette
- Brooklyn: Unkindest cuts! Boro subways and buses are slashed by the MTA - The Brooklyn Paper
- Manhattan: L.E.S. bus routes will get 'restructured,' and M8, cuts - The Villager
Saturday: Bad Journalism
One of our goals for this news hunt is to identify 'bad journalism' -- stories that are particularly superficial, biased or irresponsible. Are the stories below good or bad journalism?
- IT voucher program looks to brighten job horizon - NY1
- New York is Broke & Broken - New York Post
- New York City Public Schools Launching 'Trayless Tuesdays' - Associated Press
- State Senator Calls For NY To 'Stop The Sag' - WCBS-TV
To participate in this project, sign up (or login) and review any story our New York City page. Anyone can participate in this collective news evaluation -- even if you don't live in New York.
Join the News Hunt
Help find the best (and worst) in local journalism, and learn about how the recession has affected one of America's most dynamic cities.
And if you come across good stories we're missing on this topic, please post them on our site (be sure to tag them "New York City" under Topics, so they will be listed in our News Hunt page).
-- by Kaizar Campwala and Fabrice Florin