I’m usually very critical of the New York Times’s articles on China, particularly those of Howard French, but there are two things that the NYT has done recently that I think are examples of very good journalism.
The first is the blog that they can on the World Economic Forum in Davos
which is one of the best examples of the use of internet to do journalism that I’ve seen in a long time. Rather than report on Davos with just a two page summary, they have a diary that goes through each talk and basically lets people that can’t afford a ticket to Switzerland have a seat at the table. I think this is a good model for what “conventional media” can do with blogs, and I’m awaiting someone doing this sort of thing on the 2008 campaign trail.
The next example of good journalism is the coverage of the Societe Generale debacle. The initial press releases by SG extensively used the word “fraud” which I thought was a way of framing the situation. What’s interesting about the New York Times article is that it doesn’t use that word, and asks the obvious question, how could a bank let someone lose $7 billion?