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Best American Journalism
These are the top 10 examples of the best in American journalism in the twentieth
century,i according to a panel of experts assembled by New York University’s School of
Journalism. Note that magazines, books, newspapers and radio are all represented.
1. John Hersey. ''Hiroshima.'' The New Yorker magazine. 1946.
2. Rachel Carson. Silent Spring. Book. 1962.
3. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Investigation of the Watergate breakin. The Washington Post. 1972-73.
4. Edward R. Murrow. Battle of Britain. CBS radio. 1940.
5. Ida Tarbell. ''The History of the Standard Oil Company.'' McClure's
magazine. 1902-04.
6. Lincoln Steffens. ''The Shame of the Cities.'' McClure's magazine. 1902-04.
7. John Reed. Ten Days That Shook the World. Book. 1919.
8. H.L. Mencken. Scopes ''Monkey'' trial. The Sun of Baltimore. 1925.
9. Ernie Pyle. Reports from Europe and the Pacific during World War II.
Scripps-Howard Newspapers. 1940-45.
10. Edward R. Murrow, Fred Friendly. Investigation of Sen. Joseph
McCarthy. CBS. 1954.
“Top Journalism of the Century,” Associated Press online, March 1, 1999.