Rating LAT city coverage


An Atlanta consulting firm called Civic Strategies that keeps track of how newspapers report on urban life has rated L.A. Times coverage number one. The company's method, basically, is to print or clip out stories that it finds enlightening about a city or region, then count them up.

Skeptics will argue that this is no way to judge journalism — by quantity rather than quality. And, true, our measurements don't tell you how well the articles were written, how smartly they were reported or even how long they were. But we are discriminating readers. If an article is dumb, dull or obvious, we don't clutter our files with it.

In second place was the Dallas Morning News.

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