Some legends of longform on the stories we need next

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Media Outlet: Nieman Storyboard

“The Uncounted,” a longform piece written in December in the New York Times by Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal of ISP, was included in the Nieman Storyboard’s “Best of Longform Journalism:"

One story that I keep coming back to is “The Uncounted,” by Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal. I can imagine that story instead as a forgettable New York Times newspaper story, where some poor reporter killed himself or herself to dig up terrible statistics about how many civilians the U.S. government killed in Mosul. But because “The Uncounted” was a magazine story, there was a character attached to it. Now Basim Razzo’s story is unforgettable.

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Azmat Khan is an ASU Future of War fellow at New America. She is an adjunct professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism's International Reporting program, a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good, and chair of the Overseas Press Club's Freedom of Press Committee.