The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer-Prize winning series on clergy sexual abuse has been named one of the top 10 works of journalism in the United States over the past decade by New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
A team of university and outside judges ranked the Globe series No. 10 on the list. The stories, which described the transferring of abusive priests from parish to parish by church leaders, led to a crisis in the Catholic Church which in turn prompted the resignation of Cardinal Bernard F. Law as archbishop of Boston. The series was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer for Public Service.
“We are deeply honored to have the Globe's work included on a list of the decade's most exceptional journalism,” said Martin Baron, the Globe’s editor. “The powerful impact of the Globe's investigative effort is dramatically evident even today: The Catholic Church is still struggling with profound questions about the adequacy of its response to sexual abuse within its ranks. The wall of silence and secrecy about this issue collapsed because of the difficult and penetrating work of Globe journalists eight years ago.”
Topping the list is The New York Times’ coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
A rundown of the rest of the list:
2. Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s 2003 book “Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx”
3. Lawrence Wright’s 2006 book “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11”
4. A 2008 radio program on “This American Life” called “The Giant Pool of Money,” by Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson.
5. Reporting from in Iraq and Afghanistan by New York Times’ reporters C.J. Chivers and Dexter Filkins, and photographer Tyler Hicks.
6. Jane Mayer's 2008 book, "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals.
7. Barbara Ehrenreich's 2001 book, "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America''
8. The Times-Picayune’s 2005 coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
9. The Washington Post’s series on abuses and substandard treatment that soldiers received at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
“This list demonstrates the many forms in which great journalism can present itself – from breaking-news stories and investigations to long explanatory works, from newspaper articles to broadcasts to books,” said Mitchell Stephens, a professor at the Carter Journalism Institute, in a statement.
The winners were selected from 80 nominees by a panel of judges that included NYU professors as well as Gene Roberts, former executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Madeleine Blais, a journalism professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz; and Morley Safer of “60 Minutes.”
The nominees were selected from nonfiction work on current events that appeared from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2009.
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