Fit to Print 

Giving stories the attention they deserve

As a rule, journalists have a host of well-known vices, including excessive boozing, unhealthy eating, poor sleeping and Internet addiction. The overworked, underpaid cynic sacrificing his or her mind and body for The Truth is (mostly) a cliche, but it satisfies our powerful martyr complex. One bad habit we all share is the compulsion to read and think dire things about our own industry. As in, when budding journalists ask for career advice, those of us who've been doing this for a while often respond with, "Don't do it."

We like to blame the Internet—which, paradoxically, we rely on all day every day—and we like to blame corporations, the economy, even readers. We like to blame pretty much anything and anyone other than ourselves for the perceived sorry state of journalism. As Megan McArdle described it in a recent article on bloombergview.com, we see ourselves in a "brave new world of journalism, where there are more ways to do great reporting than ever before, and fewer and fewer ways to pay for it." While we wring our hands over changing revenue models, we often lose sight of the part of the equation where we "do great reporting."

It's out there, and in quantities never before seen. Case in point: our fellow alt-weekly, Willamette Week, in Portland, Ore., whose reporting on influence peddling in the office of Gov. John Kitzhaber led to his resignation earlier this month.

Not every great story gets reported, of course, and even when they're reported they don't always get the attention they deserve. That's why we make it a point to republish Project Censored, which counts down the top stories that were badly, under- or simply unreported in the previous year.

From ocean acidification to FBI suppression of Occupy Wall Street to the real story behind the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, it's a sampling of the news that was fit to print but wasn't... or at least not in the way it should have been.

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