Sixty stories received our top 5-star score in 2010. We hold them up as examples of what can be done by journalists even in difficult times and even (many of them) on tight deadlines.
You can see all of these stories on this this Search results page.
Our Search page allows users to search by keyword, by date, by news organization, by star scores or by any combination of these.
Here is a list of which news organizations got the top scores:
Associated Press & New York Times: 9 each
HealthDay, Los Angeles Times, WebMD: 6 each
NPR & USA Today: 4 each
Wall Street Journal: 2
Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, MSNBC, Oregonian, Philadelphia Inquirer, and South Florida Sun-Sentinel: 1 each.
You may find it interesting to look at these stories and our team’s review of them.
You can’t draw sweeping conclusions from this list. We only review stories that include a claim of efficacy or safety in a treatment, test, product or procedure. We don’t catch everything. We don’t review every news organization in the U.S. We only review what we find online; some news organizations don’t post online everything they publish in print.
Some companies that appear on this “best of” list are also leaders in the 0- or 1-star “worst of” category.
What you can say is that these news organizations and the people responsible for these stories achieved excellence sometimes in a difficult 2010 news environment. As Vince Lombardi told his team, “We will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.”
We applaud their efforts and look for more than 60 such stories in our reviews this coming year. Let the chase continue.
ADDENDUM for stats lovers:
We reviewed 419 stories in 2010. The complete breakdown of star scores:
5-star stories: 60
4-star stories: 111
3-star stories: 110
2-star stories: 84
1-star stories: 39
0-star stories: 15