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Here's a list of the 10 greatest works of journalism of the past 10 years. Care to argue about it?

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Here’s a list of the 10 greatest works of journalism of the past 10 years. Care to argue about it?

By Margaret Sullivan
Media columnist
Oct. 14, 2020 at 2:45 p.m. EDT

With so much news slamming us at every moment, it’s hard to see any of it as having enduring value. Who can even remember what happened last week? ... But not everything is ephemeral. Some journalism really does last.

Years ago, when New York University faculty ranked the best journalism of the 20th century, they came up with some selections whose classic nature is unarguable. The list was led by John Hersey’s “Hiroshima,” a feat of reportage that used novelistic techniques to tell the stories of six survivors of the atomic bomb; it took up an entire issue of the New Yorker magazine in 1946. Second place went to Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” the prescient warning about man-made damage to the planet. The Washington Post’s Watergate reporting made the list, too.

Now there’s a new ranking from the university’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute that looks at this past decade, 2010 to 2019, and is intended to “honor really great work that has already stood the test of time,” according to the project’s organizer, journalism professor Mitchell Stephens.


6. Julie K. Brown, “How a Future Trump Cabinet Member Gave a Serial Sex Abuser the Deal of a Lifetime,” Miami Herald.

The veteran reporter “essentialy picked up a cold case,” note the judges, and without her dogged reporting, Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes and prosecutors’ dereliction might have slipped away. One judge astutely observed that Brown managed this “amid the economic collapse of a great regional paper.”


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Margaret Sullivan
Margaret Sullivan is The Washington Post’s media columnist. Previously, she was the New York Times public editor, and the chief editor of the Buffalo News, her hometown paper. Follow https://twitter.com/sulliview

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Thu Oct 15, 2020, 08:21 AM

1. I rather like....

5. Michelle Alexander, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”
The 2010 book by the civil rights litigator, now a New York Times columnist, “demonstrates the ways in which the War on Drugs, and its resulting incarceration policies and processes, operate against people of color.” One judge called it “crucial as an engine toward transforming the criminality of our ‘justice’ system.”


I haven’t read the whole book but have seen excerpts of it, comments about it and heard Michelle Alexander speak at Texas Southern University in Houston a few years ago.

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