The other finalists for the award (who each received $1,000) were Jay Bahadur, for The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World, which depicts the lives and exploits of Somali pirates; Edward Girardet for Killing the Cranes: A Reporter’s Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan, a deep look at the continuing problems facing Afghanistan; Donovan Hohn for Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,000 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went In Search of Them, which investigates the environmental, economic, and social effects of a rubber duck spill in the Pacific Ocean; and Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker, for Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda, which reveals the United States’ modern counter-terrorism infrastructure.
Behind the News
02:50 PM - June 6, 2012
Award celebrates book-length journalism
The Helen Bernstein Award was accompanied by talk of investigative journalism’s future
Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”
Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure
BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories
What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future
Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”
“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”
People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.
Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.
Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process – Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again