What we got right and wrong in 2019
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.
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