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BEST LOCAL BLOGGER
You wouldn't think you'd care what was happening way the hell out in Sheepshead Bay, but Ned Berke's tireless reportage at Sheepshead Bites
is endlessly fascinating—a mysterious dead body washed ashore
? Racist Tea Partiers want to stop a mosque
? Rest assured, his blog isn't just links to Courier Life stories—the one-time journalism student is on the scene, snapping pictures and interviewing witnesses, when he's not collecting tips and photos from readers.
Trial by Fire
From the novelistic opening description of a raging fire, you could tell David Grann's New Yorker
piece "Trial by Fire
" would be special. But it was only by the end that you realized the native New Yorker's piece about the execution of an innocent man was one of the best magazine articles you'd ever read, full of so much dogged reporting that it could actually change forever the way this country thinks about the death penalty.
Held by the Taliban
It's not everyday that we finish articles that take up two full pages after the jump. But David Rohde's "Held by the Taliban
" series, in the New York Times
, wasn't your everyday journalism—it was a riveting, frequently heartbreaking serialized account of his kidnapping and eventual escape from the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Man, fuck the internet.
BEST EXAMPLE OF THE POWER OF CROWDSOURCING
Atlas Shrugged in Brooklyn
We might find the politics of reformist-Republican blog Atlas Shrugged in Brooklyn
antithetical to our own, but that doesn't stop us from marveling at the way they uncover everything that happens in Brooklyn Republican politics. To his consternation
, party chairman Craig Eaton can't toss a Kleenex on the sidewalk without a tipster alerting the anonymous writing staff, who will surely post the news with a withering photo illustration. (Of course, what they actually uncover is usually more substantial.)