June 28, 2010

Transparency extends beyond politics

When most people think of "transparency", they tend to think of stuff like campaign donations, voting records and open-meeting laws. Over the years, "transparency" has become synonymous with "political transparency."

That makes the Las Vegas Sun's investigative series on the valley's hospitals all the more interesting. It takes what is most often seen in political transparency reporting -- examining a large number of records and creating a compelling narrative out of it -- and applies it to health care and hospitals in Las Vegas. The result is both fascinating in what it uncovers and disheartening for the mistakes they find.

Quoting passages here from their report wouldn't do it justice. You should really see for yourself what they have put together.

It is stories like these that should remind everybody of the important role newspapers play in a community.

Here is the link again: Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas