Cari Crabtree

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I'm a New Media/Journalism student, about to graduate in May 2011. My other studies have strong concentrations in political science, geography/oceanography, philosophy and English. I'm a strong advocate of social responsibility. I'm a scuba diver, so I'm naturally concerned about the environment, sustainability, and water quality. I feel that media have become lapdogs. The US is starved for watchdog or investigative reporting. I joined NewsTrust to encourage enterprising stories, and to lower the rating of those lapdog stories to which we've become accustom.

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Interests: Baltimore's Vacants to Value program
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Last Edit: Jan 19, 2012 - 11:21 AM PST

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Cari posted and reviewed this story - Jun 21, 2011
Cari's Rating
1.6

This story is vastly full of the wrong facts. It may be based on hearsay, and although it is an editorial, facts and seeking out truth are still THE pillars of journalism and cannot be ignored.

The amount of journalism or thought put into this article is depressing, at best. Not only is the written text not at all factual, enterprising, in-depth, accurate or responsible, it was run with this giant cartoon that only intensifies the incorrect message. Shame on you, Baltimore Sun. This barely qualifies as journalism, much less good journalism. I'm disappointed.

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Cari posted and reviewed this story - Jun 20, 2011
Cari reviewed this story - Apr 28, 2011
Cari's Rating
3.3

Who are the victims? What do the working-class employees of these lead paint programs think? I would like lay-men sources. But this is an article with strong sources, documentation, and clear context with a strong background. My arguments for this being a 3.3 as opposed to a 4+ would be the missing victim sources, and the fact that it's not particularly compelling or enjoyable to read.

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NT Rating: 3.9 | See All NT Reviews »
Cari reviewed this story - Apr 26, 2011
Cari's Rating
1.9

I only see one source quoted. Where is Mfume's commentary? This article seems to be a list of the way Mfume has a record of losing positions/elections more so than how his "opting out" affects Baltimore and its voters. His decision to not run for mayor is of interest to Baltimore, but why and what not?

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NT Rating: 2.5 | See All NT Reviews »
Cari reviewed this story - Apr 26, 2011
Cari's Rating
1.6

It's a good start. This would be a great list of notes to have in a journalist's notebook before investigating the story. But "who" (names) and "why" are critical questions that beg to be answered. Who is the source? What was the motivation for the crime? Why is he being charged as an adult?

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NT Rating: 2.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Cari posted this story - Mar 15, 2011
Cari posted this story - Mar 15, 2011
Cari reviewed this story - Mar 1, 2011
Cari's Rating
3.3

This story gets to the issue. It puts it in context with statistics over time. The sources feature both residents and fire experts. I'd like to know what city officials think about the issue and the price tag of removing these fire-hazard buildings. Overall, it's an OK news story.

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NT Rating: 4.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Cari reviewed this story - Mar 1, 2011
Cari's Rating
3.6

There isn't much missing from this story. It has context, background, facts, good sourcing. It's not knock-your-socks off compelling, but it is interesting and leaves me satisfied.

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NT Rating: 4.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Cari posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Cari's Rating
2.3

An average news story, it presents the side of politicians and builders and an environmentalist on the debate about the strict storm-water pollution rules. They've been eased, and this article gives a decent overview of why they were reevaluated.

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NT Rating: 2.3 | See All NT Reviews »
Cari reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Cari's Rating
3.1

It's relevant to parents, and this article gives decent depth and context to the issue. An expert, an activist, and an affected Mom are sources. Although this story isn't enterprising, it is informative for its audience. I recommend it.

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NT Rating: 3.6 | See All NT Reviews »
Cari posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Cari's Rating
2.9

This is an opinion article based on facts. It compiles all of the issues regarding the storm-water debate, shows both sides, and puts it in context. Though this is not well sourced, and driven by opinion, it is full of facts and perspectives. It's a good explanation of the debate and why the compromise, though disappointing, is practical.

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NT Rating: 2.9 | See All NT Reviews »
Cari posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Cari's Rating
1.7

This article is a disappointingly shallow overview of Governor O'Malley's 2011 State of the State address. What are the impacts? What's the context? Who is reacting to his speech? Where are the people impacted by this speech? What is new about this year's address?

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NT Rating: 1.7 | See All NT Reviews »
Cari posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Cari's Rating
2.9

This article is an ok summary of the governmental reaction to fund a bill that charges housing developers for developing land that impacts the health of the Chesapeake Bay. It could use sourcing from environmentalists or the people affected by this bill, though.

I like that the end of this article foreshadows some of the limitations that Maryland's government is going to have when it comes to supporting the BayStat program: "We are going to be focused on balancing the budget. We are going to have our hands full looking at sales tax increases, lotteries, slot machines," Miller said. "It plays into that situation."

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Cari posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Cari's Rating
2.7

This article is meant to be a quick report on O'Malley's new bay analysis program. For this reason, it is not enterprising or particularly compelling or well-sourced. But this article does serve its journalistic purpose.

It's a great summary of O'Malley's BayStat plan.

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NT Rating: 3.3 | See All NT Reviews »
Cari posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Cari posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Cari posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Cari posted this story - Feb 15, 2011
Cari posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Cari posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Cari reviewed this story - Feb 10, 2011
Cari's Rating
1.3

This is lazy journalism. If it could be called journalism. Discussing President Obama's reaction to the tensions in Martha's Vineyard over immigration could be a captivating story. But this reads like a quickly-written article based loosely on a few previously written articles. All-in-all, I don't think the intention was to write a stellar journalistic work. So maybe the writer/publication accomplished the goal of this article. It's not very informative, it's not well sourced. I'd recommend finding another article written on this subject instead.

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NT Rating: 2.3 | See All NT Reviews »
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4 out of 5 rating - click to see review from Fabrice Florin | 06/21/2011
4 out of 5 rating - click to see review from Glenn LaBauve | 06/20/2011


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