NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute recently released it's list of "Top Ten Works of Journalism of 2000-2009". Subjects covered in these ten works include the 9/11 attacks, America's Wars in Iraq and on Terror, the sub-prime mortgage crisis and resulting recession, Hurricane Katrina, and the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. I found this list to be sobering on two accounts. First, stumbling across this list of reminded me of the immense challenges our country has faced in the past ten years. However, more importantly in my opinion, this list is an unfortunate (and clearly unintentional) indictment on the state of journalism in the 21st Century. In an industry increasingly preoccupied with scandal, controversy, and criticism, I find it disappointing that not one "journalistic highlight" of the past ten years featured something positive.
Read the list on NYU's website here. The list includes links to read/listen to the original content for most of the ten nominees.