A Roadmap to the Best Journalism of 2016
15 Lists of the Year’s Best Reporting That Will Keep You Reading Well Into the New Year.
Every year for the past four years I’ve spent the last week of the year reviewing the most amazing online, interactive and immersive journalism projects from the past year. I do it both to catch up on great reporting I might have missed and to shine a spotlight on the kind of journalism that the web makes possible. (Here are my round-ups from 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012)
This year I’m curating other best-of lists that have served as my guide over the last week. If you want to find and support great journalism these lists are a good place to start. Read, share and donate or subscribe to ensure reporting like this can continue in the new year and beyond. (If you like this, you might also like the Local Fix, a weekly newsletter on local news, community engagement, innovation and sustainability.)
The Columbia Journalism Review has a good list of their favorite journalism of 2016.
I’m a sucker for cynicism like the rest of us. But don’t let the Grinch make you forget that journalism did some good…www.cjr.org
2016 was a big year for community engagement in journalism and crowd powered reporting. Two of the leaders in that space — Hearken and the Coral Project — offer inspiring lists of stories deeply rooted in the voices of local communities.
Hearken’s partner newsrooms have produced some spectacular public-powered journalism over the past year. We want to…medium.com
Journalists tell us that they want to bring a diverse range of voices to their stories in 2017. Even with few resources…blog.coralproject.net
The Solutions Journalism Network also collected the best reporting from newsrooms in their network.
Solutions Journalism Network celebrated its third birthday this year. As we look ahead to the next three years we want…solutionsjournalism.org
Longreads highlighted its most popular stories of 2016 and created a separate list dedicated to investigative journalism.
All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2016. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that…blog.longreads.com
We asked a few writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here…blog.longreads.com
The New York Times and Time put together stunning collections of the best photojournalism from the past year.
It was a year to be confounded, shocked, humbled. Donald J. Trump won the American presidency, defying polls, mockery…nyti.ms
In 2016, TIME commissioned photojournalism across the globe, assigning photographers in Greece, Syria, Libya, Iraq…time.com
From the campaign trail to local communities journalists of color produced powerful and important reporting and media across platforms in 2016. (See also the award winners from NABJ, NAHJ)
Between the deaths of greats like Prince and Muhammed Ali, the destruction in Aleppo and the circus that was the U.S…www.huffingtonpost.com
The year 2016 started off with whitewashing controversies, from Emma Stone cast as a part Native Hawaiian/Chinese…caamedia.org
Poynter collected some of the best political reporting of 2016, the Center for Public Integrity highlighted the best statehouse reporting, and the New York Times gathered up their impressive digital projects from the campaign.
The Center for Public Integrity teamed up with The Associated Press for this series examining the politics behind the…www.publicintegrity.org
The New York Times has presented some of the most innovative digital storytelling of the 2016 presidential election…www.nytimes.com
Before the tsunami of Election Day coverage begins, we at Poynter wanted to take a breath and celebrate some of the…www.poynter.org
Beyond politics there were stand-outs in other beats and topics as well.
The year 2016 was marked by the election of Donald Trump, an opportunist political neophyte whom most political…www.forbes.com
DENVER — Superlative reporting on leaked data, prison reform and undue police force led coverage that garnered top…journalists.org
Podcasts continued to grow in popularity in 2016. The Guardian, The Atlantic, Wired, Hyperallergic and the New York Times all offered their take on the best audio storytelling of the year.
People read highlights from their childhood diaries in front of a crowd of strangers. Wonderfully cringeworthy. Episode…www.theguardian.com
From politics shows to horror series, highlights from a year of listening Gone are the days of explaining what a…www.theatlantic.com
Conspiracy theories. Viral performance art. Heartbreak. This year, if nothing else, managed to completely avoid being…www.wired.com
Podcasts are personal. Unlike the wide public broadcast of radio, a podcast begins whenever you touch “play,” then…www.nytimes.com
There’s a wonderful world of listening to explore these days with the rise of podcasts ( including here on…hyperallergic.com
Support Good Journalism
The kind of journalism listed in the links above needs your support. Earlier this year I wrote a guide to finding and supporting trustworthy news and information and until January 19, 2017, you can double your donation to 57 incredible journalism organizations through the Knight News Match.
The Knight News Match is a call to action for everyone who believes in quality, trustworthy, in-depth journalism and…www.knightfoundation.org
Finally, at the end of 2016 Joseph Cranney, Alexandra Glorioso and Brett Murphy launched a newsletter that offers a weekly round-up of great local journalism. Subscribe to Local Matters to get great reporting in your inbox each week.