The end of every calendar year delivers a mass of “best of” listings. Every publication and and personality seems to feel the need to have their say about topics from royal news to sports photos. But there is an subsection of these offerings well worth investigating — the best reads, especially the best long reads, and investigative journalism collected online. Thanks to the Internet you really can read a wonderful range of the previous 12 month’s best writing without having to subscribe to all manner of magazines or services.
So let the editors have their say and enjoy the fact that they’ve done a lot of the heavy lifting for you. Get reading. And send along any additional suggestions in the comments.
Long Reads: More heft than the usual byte-sized story
Of course, there are websides dedicated to the mission of collecting the best long reads online Longreads.com, Longform.org and the BBC News Magazine (search for best reads) are worth a visit any time but they’ve also collected 2012 compendiums.
Journalism: Not-to-be-missed investigations
Special topics: Food fads to particle physics