NOTE TO READERS: When this project lost substantial funding at the end of 2018, I lost the ability to continue publishing criteria-driven news story reviews and PR news release reviews - once the bread-and-butter of the site going back to 2006. The 3,200 archived reviews, while still educational, are getting old and difficult for me to technically maintain on the back end of the website. So I am announcing that I plan to remove these reviews from the site by April 1, 2021. The blog and the toolkit - two of the most popular features on the site - will remain. If you wish to peruse the reviews before they disappear, please do so by the end of March 2021. After that date you may still be able to access them via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine - https://archive.org/web/.

How is the Star Score Determined


For each news story or news (press) release reviewed, the 10 criteria will be scored as “Satisfactory,” “Unsatisfactory” or “Not Applicable.” Total scores are posted for articles that have two or fewer “not applicable” ratings, and are expressed as proportions. For the purposes of display, the total scores are translated into a star rating.

  1. Percent score assigned
  2. “Star” score assigned
Percent of criteria judged satisfactory Star score assigned
0% 0 stars
1-20% 1 star
21-40% 2 stars
41-60% 3 stars
61-80% 4 stars
81-100% 5 star

 

(If one or two items are rated ‘NA’, the denominator will be 8 or 9 rather than 10.)