Recent Issues of Uplink Focus on CAR at TV Stations

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* In February, Uplink served up a menu of computer-assisted stories exposing deficient food inspections. Joel Grover of KCBS in Los Angeles recounted his series on the county's restaurant inspection system, which failed to reach each of the area's 20,000 restaurants three times a year as required and failed to penalize or shut down those operations that continued to receive poor inspection marks.

Stuart Watson of WRAL in Raleigh, N.C., described his series on the city's misleading sanitation ratings system, which allowed restaurants chronically failing surprise inspections to clean up their act for follow-up inspections and then post high grades. On the print side, Cox News Service story by Elliot Jaspin and Scott Montgomery detailed the USDA's infrequent closings of food processing plants.

Included in the issue as well was ar^Gannett News Service analysis of privately sponsored Congressional junkets that revealed China as the hottest destination and the House Commerce Committee as the most well-traveled. …