Ben Goldacre drew our attention to what he calls a “miniature crowd-sourced version of the meatier HealthNewsReview.org project.”
This is an interesting “low-threshold” citizen-science website approach. Here’s a screenshot from the site:
Our reviews are conducted by journalism peers and by medical evidence experts. But we love the “wisdom of the crowds” input as well.
Of course, readers can now comment on any of our reviews and add their own “grades” in a comment field appearing at the end of any of our story reviews. (It looks just like the comment field below this post.)
We also email the reporter or someone from each news organization that published a story we review – an automatic feedback mechanism that is our best attempt to foster quality improvement. It would be useful if the new project provided such feedback directly to the sources as well.