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Magpie is a former journalist, attempted historian [No, you can't ask how her thesis is going], and full-time corvid of the lesbian persuasion. She keeps herself in birdseed by writing those bad computer manuals that you toss out without bothering to read them. She also blogs too much when she's not on deadline, both here and at Pacific Views.

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Monday, April 17, 2006

Sending a message to the US press.

The 2006 Pulitzers were given out just a few minutes ago, and many of the journalism awards seem to be sending a message from the Pulitzer board to US newspapers: Get off your asses and start doing some serious reporting on Dubya's administration.

The highest award, however, went to two newspapers that certainly deserved it:

For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper through the use of its journalistic resources which, as well as reporting, may include editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics and online material, a gold medal.

Two Prizes of a gold medal each:

Awarded to the Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss., for its valorous and comprehensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina, providing a lifeline for devastated readers, in print and online, during their time of greatest need.

and:

Awarded to The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, for its heroic, multi-faceted coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, making exceptional use of the newspaper's resources to serve an inundated city even after evacuation of the newspaper plant.

The Times-Picayune also won the Pulitzer for breaking news coverage. Big Magpie congratulations to the staffs of both papers, who surely deserved these awards.

There were other pleasant surprises in the Pulitzers. Susan Schmidt, James V. Grimaldi and R. Jeffrey Smith at the Washington Post won the investigative reporting Pulitzer for their series of stories on lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the web of corruption surrounding him. And Post repoter Dana Priest won the beat reporting Pulitzer for her stories on the network of 'black prisons' and other 'anti-terror' measures taken by Dubya's administration. Perhaps these awards will have an influence on the boot-licking attitude too common at the Post when it reports on the White House.

There were two national reporting Pulitzers. One went to the NY Times' James Risen and Eric Lichtblau for their stories on Dubya's secret wiretapping program, and the other to the San Diego Union-Tribune and Copley News Service for reporting on the bribes that eventually sent GOP congressmember Randy Cunningham to prison.

The editorial cartooning Pulitzer went to one a Magpie favorite, Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

You can download a PDF file with the detailed citations for the 2006 prizes here. There's general information on the Pulitzer's and the people who selected this year's winners here.

More: I'm not the only one who noticed the pattern in this year's journalism Pulitzers. At CJR Daily, Felix Gillette says that the prizes 'draw a line in the sand.'

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