This is the time of year news organizations pump out end-of-year “Best Of” lists highlighting the top stories from readers or editors. I wanted to pass on a few of my favorite end-of-year best lists related to journalism and news. Please submit your favorites I missed in the comments, so we can all enjoy it.
This list from NPR made me physically LOL when I first read it. It’s spot on when it comes to the reaction you see in the comments sections of many stories, not just the year-end lot. It’s appropriate fodder to start with as you wade into other year-end lists.
The Longreads founder pulls together his team’s favorite of the longform stories and articles this year. Bonus: Readers submitted their own best of 2011 lists as well. These should keep you busy until next year’s list comes out.
Regret The Error is always one of my personal favorite end-of-year roundups. It makes me feel better about any errors I may have let slip when I see the truly colossal oopsies that made the air or print. This year’s listing — including never-to-be-lived-down classics like “Obama Bin Laden is dead” — doesn’t disappoint.
From a “horse herpes outbreak” to “meatball sandwich horseplay” Buzzfeed’s roundup is amusing even if it’s impossible to be all-inclusive. It’s probably not surprising that a surprising number of these have to do with food or animals, is it?
In case you’re more a fan of the worst lists than the bests, here’s a round-up of media moments some important people would like to put behind them as they head into a new year. Read it and resolve not to make this list next year.
If you enjoy CSPAN and CNN as much as the not-news shows on that other C-channel — Comedy Central — then this list will make you grin. It’s the top 10 funny stories this year from “political comedian” Will Durst.
The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism says the economy topped the 2011 news cycle, taking up some 20 percent of the news hole — up from 14 percent in 2010. Mideast unrest came in a distant second, followed by the 2012 Presidential election. Read the full study to see what else rounded out the top stories of the year based on coverage.
Finally, if you haven’t had enough, Fast Company made an amazing mashup of 2011 best and worst lists. It’s a bit overwhelming but more than a bit worth grazing.