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What makes good news?

What's the difference between a New York Times story and a BBC story? Are blogs credible? Using NewsTrust.net's review technology, we're sending you on a News Hunt to find the best election stories.


NewsTrust aims to improve readers' understanding of political journalism by having users review news and opinion pieces, and rating them on a 1-5 star scale. Here's a selection of what the News Hunt reviewers have dug up so far:


This BBC story on McCain's town hall style gets only 3-stars for accuracy from one reviewer. "This gives the article an opinion-piece feel, not that of a factual ground-level report, of this Pennsylvania meeting," said Kristin Gorski.


A piece on national security from The Nation got a 4-star Reviewer Denise Clendening said it "raises valid questions about the media's double standard. Since McCain is running on his military service as evidence of his experience in national security and foreign affairs his record should be vetted."


Join in, add a review, and identify what you think is good (and bad) reporting out there.

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