Seven of the ten top news stories of 2018 voted by U.S. editors and news directors had criminal justice implications, the Associated Press reports. The top story on the annual survey was the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fl., high school in which 17 students and staff were killed, which prompted nationwide student-led marches for gun control. The number two story was the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into whether the Trump election campaign coordinated with Russia. A year ago, the surge of #MeToo sexual misconduct allegations that toppled many powerful men was voted the top news story. The continuing momentum of #MeToo in 2018 was this year’s number three story.
Mass shootings at a country music bar in California in November; a high school in Santa Fe., Tx., in May; the Annapolis Capital Gazette in June and the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October were voted the number four story. Immigration controversies along the U.S-Mexico border were the number six top story; the nomination controversy over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh number seven; and the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi number ten. The other top ten stories were the U.S. midterm elections, California wildfires, and climate change.