Dear Friends of CJR,
This has been an awful, momentous, extraordinary year—one in which the news both accelerated and melted together in unimaginably complex ways. What started as a critical election year became the story of a pandemic, which then turned into a national reckoning with racial injustice.
At the Columbia Journalism Review, we have sought to cover these interwoven story lines as they reflect, and are reflected by, journalism. It turned out to be a very wide lens.
Writing about politics means we also wrote about policing—and why the racial makeup of newsrooms got in the way of telling that story. It meant chronicling Donald Trump’s estrangement from Matt Drudge and his new romance with Newsmax and One America News Network. It required our public editors to hold big media to account, and our digital media writers to dissect misinformation and the role of the major platforms in spreading it.
We have collected some of this coverage in an election-year e-book, which you can download here. We invite you to enjoy this compendium, and to revel in the fact that 2020 is really, truly, almost done.