The New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute faculty and a group of specially-selected judges (including Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz, Morley Safer of 60 Minutes, and Pulitzer-winning reporter Leon Dash) have announced their choices for the “Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade in the United States.” The panel made their selections from a list of 80 nominees.
NYU professor Mitchell Stephens explains the criteria used to choose the final ten:
This list demonstrates the many forms in which great journalism can present itself â€“ from breaking-news stories and investigations to long explanatory works, from newspaper articles to broadcasts to books. The top two works include a remarkable effort by a major news organization on what may have been the largest news story of our time and the superb work over a dozen years of a lone journalist, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, to bring us closer to a small story with very large implications.
The major news events of a difficult decade in the United States are well-represented in the Top Ten: September 11, the Iraq War and the way it was prosecuted by the Bush administration, Hurricane Katrina, and the economic crisis. This list supports the conclusion that journalism — at its best — lived up to its challenges in the past 10 years.
Click below for a list of the ten honorees.
The staff of the New York Times – “A Nation Challenged,” Fall 2001
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc – Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, 2003
Lawrence Wright – The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, 2006
Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson – This American Life & NPR: “The Giant Pool of Money,” May 2008
C.J. Chivers (reporter), Dexter Filkins (reporter) and Tyler Hicks (photographer) – New York Times, 2003-2009
Jane Mayer – The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, 2008
Barbara Ehrenreich – Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, 2001.
The Times-Picayune staff, New Orleans, La. – Coverage of Hurricane Katrina, August-December 2005
Anne Hull, Dana Priest (reporters) and Michel du Cille (photographer) – “Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration at Army’s Top Medical Facility,” February 2007, The Washington Post
Walter Robinson, Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer, Matt Carroll, Stephen Kurkjian, Tom Farragher, Michael Paulson, Kevin Cullen, Ben Bradlee Jr., Mark Morrow – “Abuse in the Catholic Church,” The Boston Globe, 2002