CJR’s most popular stories of 2015

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It was a big year for the media, as well as for CJR, so we wanted to reflect on some of our most-read stories from the last 12 months. We’ve also been keeping an eye on what you had to say—so enjoy some of your Twitter comments paired with our top five pieces of 2015.

 

The media’s reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful

Columnist Trevor Timm dished out this piece chastising the media for being quick to turn on the award-winning reporter.

Rolling Stone’s investigation: ‘A failure that was avoidable’

Columbia Journalism School deans Steve Coll and Sheila Coronel and researcher Derek Kravitz investigated the disastrous piece by Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

 

The transformation of David Brooks

CJR Delacorte Fellow Danny Funt profiled The New York Times columnist, and discovered he’s got a new purpose in life.

 

The cult of Vice

Former CJR Delacorte Fellow Chris Ip peered inside the inner workings of the millennial-focused media company.

 

Why journalists have the right to cover the University of Missouri protests

United States Project correspondent Jonathan W. Peters explained the legal reasoning behind reporters’ access to the  Mizzou protest.

 

Looking for more year-end content? See our list of best and worst journalism, the Hits and Misses of sports journalism, and great science writing you may have missed.

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Sarah Grieco is CJR’s digital media editor. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahgrieco.