Not too long ago, I worried about the economics of 21st-century campaign journalism, as we had entered an era when a fast blog item on a new Colorado poll might get more online clicks than three days of intense reporting from the Denver suburbs. Obviously, the Grim Reapers from the accounting department are still out there.

But what 2012 taught me is that quality political reporting can flower even in forbidding or unlikely terrains. So, without getting too maudlin, let me lift a glass to the campaign reporters and editors at the Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed, who this year embodied hope and change in journalism.


Walter Shapiro just chronicled his ninth presidential campaign. He writes the “Character Sketch” political column for Yahoo News. Follow him on Twitter @WalterShapiroPD.