NYU Names Top 10 Works Of Journalism Of The Decade

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 – 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