It’s been a tough decade for journalism. It’s as beleaguered as coal-mining. Some days it seems

It’s been a tough decade for journalism. It’s as beleaguered as coal-mining. Some days it seems there is no space for anything but sensationalism and cheap aggregation. But in the last ten years a few stories have risen above the noise, and even suggested a path forward—in audio, in video, and in text. We don’t presume to suggest that the pieces below are the best of the decade. But they’re ones we loved. They moved and inspired us. And they give us hope for the next ten years.  Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime? by Gene Weingarten (The Washington Post) Like any good investigator, Weingarten nails the who and the what and the when. His story becomes unforgettable when he digs deeper into the how and the why. Weingarten allows the presumptive villains in his story the dignity of personhood. He layers science and statistics on top of good reporting. He has a perceptible willingness to listen and look even when it’s painful. For several years, journalism existed in an uneasy detente with the government and military. This piece by Michael Hastings—a swashbuckling, brave reporter—shattered that idea by showing genera...

Hottest holiday gifts: TODAY releases top 8 gift ideas

At TODAY we take care to recommend items we hope you’ll enjoy! Just so you know, TODAY may get a small share of the revenue.Using interviews with specialists, online reviews and personal experience, TODAY editors, writers and experts take care to recommend items we really like and hope you’ll enjoy! TODAY does have affiliate relationships with various online retailers. So, while every product is independently selected, if you buy something through our links, we may get a small share of the revenue. All holiday season long, Shop TODAY’s been compiling gift guides with ideas for anyone on your shopping list. From gifts for Grandma to Baby’s first Christmas, we’ve covered it all. After combing through hundreds of items on the internet and tracking data on the top selling items across retailers, we’ve narrowed down our findings to a list the eight hottest holiday gifts for 2018. TODAY senior lifestyle editor Emily Sher stopped by the show to present the first ever TODAY Holiday Hot List. When these long-haired dolls hit our holiday toy list, they quickly became a hit. Hairdorables have already made it into the list of the top 25 best-selling toys according t...