The Best Stories of 2009

What were some of your favorite stories from the past year?

The holiday season isn’t only about stressful shopping excursions and even more stressful family get-togethers; it’s also, traditionally, a time for end-of-year lists. Newspapers, magazines, and Web sites are stuffed full of “best-of” selections on every imaginable topic: books, albums, movies, even found grocery lists.

So we’re enlisting our readers to compile another best-of list, one that highlights your favorite stories from 2009. If you’ve encountered examples of bold truth-telling, outstanding analysis, reportorial derring-do, or just fantastic storytelling over the past year, leave a note, and a link, in comments below. They won’t make for a last-minute addition to anyone’s gift list, but they will provide examples of the value, and the fun, that journalism can deliver.

The Editors are the staffers of Columbia Journalism Review.