10 Greatest works of journalism over the last decade


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Shout out to Howard University alumni for hauling in the #1 and #2 spots!!

10 Greatest works of journalism over the last decade

The Honorees
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Case for Reparations, The Atlantic.
“Beautifully written, meticulously reported, highly persuasive …” “The most powerful essay of its time.” “Ground breaking.” “It influenced the public conversation so much that it became a necessary topic in the presidential debate.”
Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.
“It’s a masterwork by one of our greatest writers and most diligent reporters. Exquisitely written as it is researched, embracing breadth and detail alike, essential reading to understand America.” “A masterpiece of narrative nonfiction.”
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement. Based on their reporting for the New York Times.
“A chronicle of the #MeToo era.” “A pitch-perfect primer on how to take a hot-button-chasing by-the-minutes breaking story and investigate it with the best and most honorable journalistic practices.” “This is one of the defining issues of our times, one whose impact will be felt for a long time.”
Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
“Unbelievably well written and well reported portrait of a slum in Mumbai.” “Vividly reports on the life of this slum’s inhabitants.”
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
“The book demonstrates the ways in which the War on Drugs, and its resulting incarceration policies and processes, operate against people of color in the same way as Jim Crow. Powerful on its own terms and crucial as an engine toward transforming the criminality of our ‘justice’ system.”
Julie K Brown, “How a Future Trump Cabinet Member Gave a Serial Sex Abuser the Deal of a Lifetime,” Miami Herald.
“Investigative journalist for The Miami Herald, examines a secret plea deal that helped Jeffrey Epstein evade federal charges related to sexual abuse.” “Brown essentially picked up a cold case; without her reporting, Epstein’s crimes and prosecutors’ dereliction would not be known.” “Great investigative reporting.” “Documenting the abuses of Jeffrey Epstein when virtually everyone else had dropped the story. “What makes this particularly compelling for me is that Brown did the reporting amid the economic collapse of a great regional paper.” “A remarkable effort to empower victims.”
Sheri Fink, Five Days At Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital.
“In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This is narrative medical journalism at its finest: compelling, compassionate, and unsettling.”
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Matthew Desmond, Jeneen Interlandi, Kevin M. Kruse, Jamelle Bouie, Linda Villarosa, Wesley Morris, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Bryan Stevenson, Trymaine Lee, Djeneba Aduayom, Nikita Stewart, Mary Elliott, Jazmine Hughes, The 1619 Project, New York Times Magazine.
“Explores the beginning of American slavery and reframes the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” “A definitive work of opinion journalism examining the lingering role of slavery in American society.”
David A. Fahrenthold, Series of articles demonstrating that most of candidate Donald Trump’s claimed charitable giving was bogus, Washington Post.
“By contacting hundreds of charities — interactions recorded on what became a well-known legal pad — Fahrenthold proved that Trump had never given what he claimed to have given or much at all, despite, in one instance, having sat on the stage as if he had.”
Staff of the Washington Post, Police shootings database 2015 to present.
“The definitive journalistic exploration and documentation of fatal police shootings in America. In a decade defined, in part, by the emergence of Black Lives Matter, this Washington Post project set a new standard for real-time, data journalism and was a vital resource during a still-raging national debate.” “In the wake of Ferguson, newsrooms across the country took up admirable data reporting efforts to fill the longstanding gaps in existing federal data on police use of force. This project stands out both in its comprehensiveness and sustained dedication.”
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Lol. Well you know what ideology was behind this list just by the first article. Coates is a moron and was taken to task by Coleman Hughes


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For reference here is a link to the 15 most influential stories in US History

Scientific? No. Highly subjective? Certainly.
Dude didn't even give his definition of "influence."

The Jungle" definitely had major influence. Well, I wasn't there to see it but I was thoroughly indoctinated as a high school student that it did.

9 is solid, Cronkite's Vietnam report definitely moved the needle..


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I really like great journalism and enjoy reading all views on topics; while not swayed or moved by all topics from Hubs original list I see for the most part the great writing and the thought process that goes into each column. In particular the Jodi Kantor piece on sexual harassment and the Michelle Alexander book on mass incarceration are great examples of well researched and ground breaking journalism. When I saw the original title of the thread though I was worried that the NYU faculty would include a piece that is anything but great journalism, The 1619 project, and like the authors the ends is used to justify the shoddy historical investigation. Many leading historical professors, most leaning very left, have come out against this piece and the NY Times is bending over backwards to get this thing every award and notice possible to justify the premise. The issue is there are many holes in the reporting and many doubt some key premises but of course the writing team will ignore the facts because the real end run for this piece is for it to become the basis of text used in a history class.


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Imagine the historic works of investigative journalism that could have occurred during the 3-year Russia hoax by anyone willing to go against the suppressors and do their job. Sadly, few stepped up to the plate, only to be vilified by the deep state apparatus and the radical left-wing ideology insidious among the media. The first coup attempts in US history largely goes ignored. Shocking.


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Then there is thechallenge to the #1 here.

Quite the easy read, very thought provoking. A must read for anyone who is not stuck in the 1860's seeking revenge from people who had nothing to do with any part of this issue.