Although this story checked 6 out of 9 of our boxes to earn a 4-star score, the misses were notable because they dealt with benefits, harms, and quality of evidence — all extremely important.
An over-the-top headline and lack of absolute numbers limit the value of an otherwise worthy and responsible discussion of this new coffee study.
This story on the latest coffee study delivers an appropriate evidence-based message, and manages to do so while keeping readers engaged and entertained.
This story is clear on the big picture, even if certain details of the coverage could have been presented a bit more sharply.
The news release that this story was based on actually had much more useful information than the superficial WSJ coverage.
This story gets a little too wrapped up in the enthusiasm surrounding a potential new medical advance that was presented at a news conference. It leaves out key context and includes nobody who casts a skeptical eye on these preliminary findings that haven’t been vetted by the scientific community.
This story aced all 10 criteria and we only had a few suggestions for improvement. Exemplary reporting.
Though it has many strengths, this story should have pushed back against the the claim that one million lives have been saved by better diets. This type of study can’t tell us that.