New York University names decade's top 10 works of U.S. journalism

April 8, 2010 11:02 am 

NEW YORK, April 8 — Ten works of journalism have been named the decade's top works of journalism in the United States by New York University (NYU), according to a press release available on NYU's website Tuesday.

The nomination was conducted by NYU's 's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and a panel of distinguished judges.

The top works of journalism range from the New York Times' response to September 11, to a book based on a 12-year study of the families of a couple of drug dealers, to a radio program explaining the financial collapse.

"This list demonstrates the many forms in which great journalism can present itself from breaking-news stories and investigations to long explanatory works, from newspaper articles to broadcasts to books,"noted Mitchell Stephens, a professor at the Carter Journalism Institute.

The winners, selected from 80 nominees, were determined by a panel of judges including the institute's faculty as well as others in the journalism profession, including: Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz; Morley Safer of "60 Minutes"; and Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Leon Dash, a professor of journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.

"The major news events of a difficult decade in the United States are well-represented in the Top Ten: September 11, the Iraq War and the way it was prosecuted by the Bush administration, Hurricane Katrina, and the economic crisis," Stephens added. "This list supports the conclusion that journalism–at its best–lived up to its challenges in the past 10 years."

Nominees were selected from nonfiction work on current events that appeared from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2009.

In 2000, NYU's journalism program selected the Top 100 U.S. 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. (PNA/Xinhua)

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