NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute Releases Nominees for “Top 10 Works of Journalism of the Decade”
The New York Times’ “A Nation Challenged” section published after September 11, 2001, New Yorker writer Seymour Hersh’s Abu Ghraib investigations, and National Public Radio’s explanation of the financial crisis, “The Giant Pool of Money,” are among the 80 nominees for the “Top 10 Works of Journalism of the Decade in the United States.” The nominees, determined by faculty at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and a panel of outside judges, are listed here.
The site also offers the opportunity for the public to offer comments on the nominees. The winners will be announced on Monday, April 5.
“In making these nominations, our judges and the faculty were able to look back with the perspective of time and consider work, unlike in most of the yearly awards, that appeared in a variety of media—in newspapers, magazines, or on the air; in blogs, books, or documentaries; in one piece, a series, or in an extended body of work,” noted Mitchell Stephens, a professor at the Carter Journalism Institute.
Nominees were selected from nonfiction work on current events that appeared from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2009.
“The last decade was an important and turbulent time in America, which demanded and in many cases inspired first-rate journalism,” Stephens observed.
The other nominees include: The Times-Picayune staff in New Orleans for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina; Thomas E. Franklin’s iconic photograph of three New York City firefighters raising the American flag in the World Trade Center rubble; Errol Morris’ “Fog of War”; Michael Lewis’ Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game; Nate Silver’s coverage of the 2008 presidential election on his blog, FiveThirtyEight; Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America; Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation; and, New Yorker writer Alma Guillermoprieto‘s “A Hundred Women: Why Has a Decade-Long String of Murders Gone Unsolved?”
The outside panel of judges included: Gene Roberts, former managing editor at the New York Times and former executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer; Madeleine Blais, a journalism professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz; Morley Safer of “60 Minutes”; author Ben Yagoda, who teaches at the University of Delaware; Eric Newton, vice president of the journalism program for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; NBC News correspondent Ron Allen; columnist Kathleen Parker; Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Leon Dash, a professor of journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Juan Williams of National Public Radio and the Fox News Channel; Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein; Alex Jones, director of Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy; Sylvia Nasar, a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and author of A Beautiful Mind; Daisy Hernández, executive editor of ColorLines; and cultural critic Greil Marcus.
In 2000, NYU’s journalism program selected the Top 100 Works of Journalism of the 20th Century. Heading that list were John Hersey’s Hiroshima, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, and Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s Watergate investigations. That list may be found here.
For more on the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, click here.
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