Michael Todd

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Michael Todd is the online editor for Miller-McCune, a magazine and Web site looking for evidence-based solutions to pressing social issues. Most of his career has been spent as a newspaper reporter and editor, often focusing on the military, education and business. He spent a year as managing editor of Hispanic Business magazine and in September 2007 joined the fledgling Miller-McCune. A trustworthy news stream is of paramount importance in seeing any solutions discussed or put in place, and so I have a vested interested in seeing efforts like NewsTrust succeed.

About Michael Help
Location: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Occupation: Online editor, Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy
Interests: Social Science, Technology, Foreign Affairs, Music
Affiliations: American Society of Magazine Editors
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Journalism: More than 20 years
Education: College graduate
News: 90 minutes a day or more
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
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Address: Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, US
Last Visit: Nov 16, 2009 - 1:06 PM PST
Last Edit: Nov 9, 2009 - 3:55 PM PST

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Michael reviewed this story - May 5, 2010
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3.4
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Michael reviewed this story - Nov 16, 2009
Michael's Rating
3.2

“We have got to make the soldier understand this is real. They are not weak. They are not imagining,” said Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, the Army Surgeon General ... More »

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Michael reviewed this story - Nov 16, 2009
Michael's Rating
3.8

Timely and thoughtful, although i was disappointed it ended before going deeper into broader issue.

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Michael reviewed this story - Nov 15, 2009
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3.7
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Michael reviewed this story - Nov 15, 2009
Michael's Rating
3.6

I quibble with the point of the exercise -- the unwarranted confidence angle -- was slow in surfacing, but I still recommedn this article to all investors (and by extension to all who deal with expert prognostication) anbout trusting anyone's skills implicitly.

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Michael reviewed this story - Nov 13, 2009
Michael's Rating
4.0

I'm particularly pleased that in a short report the author included a healthy dose of methodology, allowing the reader to determine how much stock to place in the findings.

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Michael posted this story - Nov 13, 2009
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Nov 12, 2009

This is a story from my Web site, so I won't give specific ratings, but I feel this is a timely look at issues that are definitely being lived-out in the wake of the Fort Hood shootings.

In other words, in measuring the psychological impact of traumatic events, we may be overestimating the importance of direct exposure to the tragedy, and underestimating ... More »

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Michael posted and starred this story - Nov 12, 2009
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Nov 12, 2009
Michael reviewed this story - Nov 12, 2009
Michael reviewed this story - Nov 12, 2009
Michael's Rating
4.0

I'm not sure the first two paragraphs of disgression on on the author add a lot, but the rest of the piece is an interesting read and offers further discussion points for the view that sexuality/gender is a spectrum and not a binary.

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Michael reviewed this story - Nov 12, 2009
Michael's Rating
3.8

This is kind of an odd little piece. The point it wants to make is important, and the individual anecdotes could be interesting, but the presentation is so spasmodic it's tough to get enthused.

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Michael reviewed this story - Nov 12, 2009
Michael's Rating
2.5

Interesting and timely subject, but the three intro paragraphs followed by a lengthy excerpt makes for a standard blog but unexceptional journalism. Of course, if we looking at Lisa's full article, that's a different matter ...

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Michael reviewed this story - Nov 12, 2009
Michael's Rating
3.7

Stories that look at people motivations using experts who have never met that person always scare me a little bit, and I generally shy away from them. But this piece certainly has resonances beyond that type of piece, especially as more background emerges on how the system treated -- or didn't treat -- Hasan.

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Michael reviewed this story - Nov 12, 2009
Michael's Rating
4.0

Although I think the subhed does a disservice to the nuance of this piece, I find the story here, and the attitude of political appointees towards the troops, both believable and fascinating.

“God doesn’t like ugly,” one political appointee told Paul Sullivan, an analyst in the VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration, in a clumsy attempt to reduce the cost ... More »

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Michael reviewed and starred this story - Nov 10, 2009
Michael's Rating
4.0

I might have taken the story in a different direction, but this is a reasonable quick-hit from the climate change psychology conference.

“Progress can sometimes happen without much public involvement but climate change is not one of those issues,” said Paul Stern of the U.S. National Research ... More »

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Michael reviewed and starred this story - Nov 10, 2009
Michael's Rating
4.0

I might have taken the story in a different direction, but this is a reasonable quick-hit from the climate change psychology conference.

“Progress can sometimes happen without much public involvement but climate change is not one of those issues,” said Paul Stern of the U.S. National Research ... More »

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Michael posted this story - Nov 10, 2009
Michael posted this story - Nov 10, 2009
Michael reviewed and starred this story - Nov 9, 2009
Michael's Rating
5.0

Perhaps you saw “ethnography” and assumed it would just be quaint reports from the Amazon and the South Seas. But this time enthnographers have returned from the field ... More »

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Michael reviewed this story - Nov 9, 2009
Michael's Rating
4.2

I love several things about this, perhaps most saliently that the author identifies his own biases in a readable manner before laying out his reporting. I also like that he provides a quick and cogent explanation of a key concept without getting bogged down.

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Michael reviewed this story - Nov 9, 2009
Michael's Rating
2.0

I'm not sure why the piece didn't start with the third paragraph, which would certainly have made the op-ed more coherent and compelling. There is profound paranoia out there, something apparent to even the laymen among us, and this piece (sans the first two paragraphs) would have made a good introduction into an exploration of that.

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Michael reviewed this story - Nov 9, 2009
Michael's Rating
2.9

I like that the piece marshals some research to support the questions it addresses, and I'm intrigued that there may be some proof to the intuitive assumption that many extremists routinely believe they represent a majority, but I think by asking "Why are the loudest political voices we hear coming from the most extreme sources?" the piece goes askew since lots of people are demanding center stage, and it's the person handing out megaphones who determines who gets heard best.

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Michael reviewed this story - Nov 9, 2009
Michael's Rating
3.6

The underlying question from this piece is certainly worthy of exploration, but trying to ride this horse based on the Scozzafava race seems pretty sketchy to start. Plus, with Palin and Bachmann as two of the poster children for the conservatives, there needs to be more than anecdotal material to support the thesis that there's "clear gender overtones" to the scuffling.

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