Favorite Journalism-related moments of 2019
Updated: Dec 23, 2019
Let's take a moment to look back at some of my favorite journalism moments of the year:
When The Los Angeles Times got a much needed glo up.
I love how the new website builds on the bones of your standard black & white newspaper look, but adds a modern, minimal twist fashioned for mobile. As a newspaper-history nerd, I really appreciate this balance. It's a challenge to fit each and every facet of a paper in a front page, while also managing to be somewhat aesthetically pleasing, and I was so glad to see the LA Times succeed.
When Journalism took up TikTok.
In undergrad, we had so many moments complaining about what it what it would take to get the public to trust (or even like" journalists again.Sure we are expected to share our lives on Twitter and Instagram lives, but we puzzled over how to make our work approachable to those that may not be as engaged with the news as others. I loved what The Washington Post, USA Today, and even my old home Annenberg Media have done on the app. Journalism is serious, but these Tik-Toks have shown that it can also be funny and human and an act of community engagement.
'The Land of Our Fathers' Parts 1 & 2.
The 1619 project was an exciting and informative way of re-examining the history of slavery and the United States for a popular audience. As someone who majored in history and journalism, I was pleased to see the two join together in recoginition of the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. The 1619 podcast episodes The Land of Our Fathers Parts 1 & 2 really stuck with me the most. A story of tragedy, love, and enduring wounds that have yet to heal. It is a story that I have heard time and time again as an African-American woman, but it means so much to see it out there for others in a more accessible way.
When student journalism wouldn't stop trending.
While I didn’t agree with The Daily Northwestern’s decision to redact the name of a protester or their subsequent apology for publishing photographs of a protest, I am proud to see young people make a stand for their values, their paper, and their readers. Student journalism is hard, and in an age of split-second judgement on Twitter, they didn't deserve the pile-on.
Climate change journalism- in all of it’s intersectionality and complexity.
In a sea of impeachment and 2020 news alerts, climate crisis stories can really fall through the cracks. However, some of my favorite stories of 2019 took the climate crisis and found new ways to make it matter, from warehouses in California to rising sea levels on the Jersey shore. Here are some of my favorites:
Facing rising sea levels, Jersey Shore voters still love Trump, Mike Kelly, Asbury Park Press
When your house is surrounded by massive warehouses, Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
The Blackest City in the U.S. Is Facing an Environmental Justice Nightmare, Drew Costley, One Zero