Pulitzer Prizes: Anticlimactic Moment of the Year Award
I thought the absolute lack of event that was handing in my master's project could not be topped, but watching the announcement (or lack thereof) of America's premier journalism awards has succeeded by leaps and bounds. Professor Gissler didn't even read the awards out, he just told the room of reporters that they would be handed packets. The packerts are just regular blue folders with a printed sticker stuck on top; not even embossed with a Columbia seal. The official website
should be updated momentarily.
In the meantime I can tell you that the New York Times won in public service for the work of Barstow and Bergman in examining "death and injury among American workers," the LA Times won in breaking news for covering the Southern California wildfires, Toledo's The Blade won for covering Vietnam War atrocities by the Tiger Force, the Wall Street Journal won in explanatory journalism for its coverage of aneurysms and in beat reporting for stories on preferential college admissions, the LA Times won in national reporting for coverage of Wal-Mart, the Washington Post won in International reporting for covering the "voices and emotions of Iraquis as their country was invaded, their leader topped and their way of life upended." There was no award made for feature writing, and Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald wond for commentary. I'll have to check out the Pulitzer prize winning novel, "The Known World, " by Edward P. Jones---never heard of it.