the public editor role

For ideas about where to find a good “case/issue” idea, a great place to look is with the Times Public Editor.  Also called an “ombudsman” in some papers, Clark Hoyt critiques his own paper’s coverage and responds to readers.  Each one of the issues he takes up could be the basis for a case/issue analysis–that is, considering how the press has done its job concerning some particular situation or issue.  For example, the health care debate:

The news media, including The Times, have been accused of failing to help clear up the confusion. …I understood her frustration. Health care is a sprawling subject that is hard for a newspaper to get right. It involves economics, politics, and philosophical and moral values.hoyt-sub-190

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