Bad Journalism

Help expose bad journalism — and fight the spin that is spreading in the news media and on the Internet.

The week of February 22, 2010, Howard Rheingold’s digital journalism class at Stanford teamed up with NewsTrust in a News Hunt for Bad Journalism: together, we looked for news and opinions that are inaccurate, biased, irresponsible or superficial.

To contribute to this project, try reviewing some of the most recent stories on this page — and rate them for journalistic quality. For tips on how to review a story, check our quick guide — and read journalism professor Howard Rheingold’s excellent article, Crap Detection 101.

We also invite you to post more examples of bad journalism on this page (be sure to type Bad Journalism in the topic field when posting a story). Once a story has been rated by 3 members, it will be listed either in our ‘Most Trusted’ or ‘Least Trusted’ tabs below.

To see the results of our last News Hunt for Bad Journalism, check our blog.

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