Each year, I keep a running list of the most exceptional nonfiction that I encounter while publishing my twice-weekly newsletter The Best of Journalism. Along with my curating work for Byliner, this hoovering of great stories affords me the opportunity to read as many impressive narratives as any single person possibly can. The annual result is my Best of Journalism List, now in its fourth year. I could not, of course, read every worthy piece published during the year. But everything that follows deserves wider attention.
This year’s collection is timed to the one-year anniversary of Byliner, which published Jon Krakauer’s groundbreaking investigation, Three Cups of Deceit, last April. It was the first of two dozen Byliner Originals, original works of nonfiction and fiction written to be read in a single sitting. I’m grateful to the Byliner team for being so supportive of my efforts to highlight fantastic journalism — and more importantly, for helping writers tell and sell great stories in the digital era. Most of the featured bylines this year are linked to their Byliner writer pages, which make it easy to discover more of their work. Finally, in the spirit of full disclosure, note that I’m a staff writer at The Atlantic (where my colleagues neither saw nor influenced this list), and have done my best to remain objective.
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