What we got right and wrong in 2019

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COM­MEN­TARY this also a best and worst of the year.

We have pub­lished our best jour­nal­ism of the year in Oc­to­ber, Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, the re­sults of months of work. I heard from many read­ers who praised Labor­land (orlando sentinel.com/labor­land), the four-part look at the chal­lenges fac­ing tourism works in the na­tion’s most pop­u­lar va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion, and “Tiny Taxes, Big Prof­its,” (or­lan­dosen­tinel .com/taxes) the six-part se­ries about how big cor­po­ra­tions are avoid­ing mil­lions in Florida income taxes.

Here is part of edi­tor-in-chief Julie An­der­son’s hol­i­day note to the staff, which sum­ma­rizes what de­serves thumbs up for 2019:

“I want you to know how proud I am of what we have ac­com­plished to­gether this year. When I came back to be Edi­tor in Novem­ber 2018, my two goals were to fo­cus on im­pact­ful and hard­hit­ting jour­nal­ism — both news and opinion — and grow our dig­i­tal sub­scribers. We did both.

“I’ll never cap­ture ev­ery­thing, but con­sider:

“Labor­land. Florida’s Trou­bled Guardian Pro­gram. Tiny Taxes, Big Prof­its. Air­port Board Power Play. Do­rian. DPAC con­tracts. Ful­wider. UCF Mis­spending. Grov­e­land Four. Krup­pen­bacher. Any­one But Trump edi­to­rial and Grov­e­land 4 apol­ogy. GrowthSpot­ter Eppy. Amend­ment 4 Emmy.

“Truly im­pres­sive.”

I’d like to add a few other thumbs up:

■ The ad­di­tion of Shan­non Green and David Whit­ley to our edi­to­rial board. Their col­umns give voice to peo­ple and views not heard of­ten enough and that rep­re­sent other parts of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum that we’ve had in re­cent past. Our lineup of columnists — which in­cludes Scott Maxwell, Lau­ren Ritchie and Mike Bianchi — is strong.

■ Changes to our en­ter­tain­ment and

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