Something I believe that a lot of people I know believe is that, we live in the golden age of journalism as measured by the quality of the top contributors. I’ve collected 238 members of the press I most respect into this Twitter list. It’s a joy to read every day! As I’ve discussed before, the great unexpected side effect of the Internet is that the best journalists have a far broader reach now. I can’t resist singling out some who fall into the category of drop everything I’m doing to read anything they write.
- In politics:
@MarkHalperin, @jheil, @MarkLeibovich, @nickconfessore, @harrispolitico — it’s routinely amazing how deep they go.
@worstall explains the world we live in better than anyone; joined by @greg_ip and @Neil_Irwin for deep dives into macro econ.
- Financial crisis made clear quality of reporting by
@andrewrsorkin, @KateKellyCNBC, @GZuckerman, @bethanymac12, and @BoydRoddy.
- At the intersection of finance and economics, the ongoing work by
@TMFHousel and @matt_levine is truly extraordinary & deeply insightful.
- Business: I can’t wait to see what
@adamlashinsky, @jessiwrites, @JPManga, @rparloff, @alansmurray and team do now that Fortune is free of TW.
- In tech we’re blessed with many greats, including
@kmaney, @SteveLohr, @martingiles, @kashhill, and @nicoleperlroth: too many to list.
- For deep substance in complex fields, I love
@StevenBrill e.g. Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us and @lawrence_wright e.g. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
It’s sheer delight to watch the impact
@ezraklein @mattyglesias and their colleagues at @voxdotcom are having: I love being voxsplained! My inner engineer and math nerd marvels at @FiveThirtyEight — their quantitative lens adds tremendously to complex real world topics. Finally, it’s really remarkable watching @vicenews bring back full-on gonzo journalism, including in the world’s most dangerous places.
Over the next 5-10 years, I think we’ll be able to build more tools/systems for reporters like these to maximize their scope and opportunity. The quality of work plus the explosion of journalism entrepreneurship plus the rise of 5 billion smartphones in the world plus new tools/systems equals interesting times!