Posts by Roy J. Harris Jr.

About Roy J. Harris Jr.

Roy Harris is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and editor who has also edited and written for online news sites and magazines. He is the author of the 2008 book "Pulitzer's Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism," published by the University of Missouri Press, and brought out in an updated 2010 paperback version. The president of the ASBPE Foundation, an educational nonprofit affiliated with the American Society of Business Publication Editors, he was ASBPE's national president from 2005 to 2007. Most recently he was editorial director, until April 2012, of CFOworld, an online corporate-finance startup created in January 2011 by International Data Group, based in Framingham, Mass. Previously, he served as senior editor for 15 years for what was then The Economist Group's CFO Magazine, a 450,000-circulation, Boston-based publication, also helping run its website. In 23 years with The Journal he spent two decades in Los Angeles, with six years as deputy chief of the 14-member L.A. bureau. Early in his career he served stints reporting for the Los Angeles Times and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. An authority on the Pulitzer Prizes, he contributes often to Poynter Online on that and other topics. He also has served on the adjunct journalism faculty at Boston's Emerson College, where he originated a class in "impact journalism." He lives in Hingham, MA.

"Spotlight:" Boston Globe church-scandal movie spurs press introspection

From left are moderator David Simon, Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer, Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy, Ben Bradlee Jr., Walter "Robby" Robinson and Martin Baron. (Photo by Roy J. Harris Jr.) After the thunderous applause died down for last week's preview of "Spotlight," the new Michael Keaton movie, the real stars took seats in front of the screen. Marty Baron, … Read More

Post and Courier’s 90-year Pulitzer drought ends with public service gold

One of the winners, Natalie Caula Hauff celebrates in the newsroom. She left journalism for the PR before the announcement was made.Doug Pardue of the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier vividly recalls what inspired the title for the newspaper’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning series—which powerfully details how women in the state are being killed by domestic partners at … Read More

Looking at the Pulitzers…with Pride

Screengrab of Mike Pride, Pulitzer Prize Administrator, announcing the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners at a press conference held in the Pulitzer World Room, Pulitzer Hall, Columbia University.Ask Pulitzer Prize administrator Mike Pride what lessons to draw from the 2015 awards—his first since taking over for the now-retired Sig Gissler—and you can almost hear the echo of another … Read More

Rumors about Pulitzer winners have been scarce

As newsrooms prepare for today’s 3 p.m. YouTube livestream of the Pulitzer Prize revelations – identifying 2015’s top U.S. journalism awards in 14 categories – rumors about winners and finalists have seemed scarce. Unlike the Academy Awards and other major competitions, Pulitzer finalists officially are kept secret in advance. When winners are announced, two finalists in each division, … Read More

Predicting the Pulitzers: Will a magazine win?

Related: 8 lesser known stories the Pulitzer committee should know about On Monday at 3 p.m., the Pulitzers reveal what reporting, commentary and photography is the best of the best. For journalists involved with award-worthy work last year, the Pulitzer Prizes may feel like the end of a high-profile gantlet. A half-dozen lesser contests—all younger than the Pulitzers, which … Read More

Pulitzer Preview: Snowden factor, and more on prize prospects for Monday

The Pulitzer Prize announcements shook with real-world drama last year, interrupted by reports of bombs exploding at the Boston Marathon finish line. This coming Monday, though, expect another kind of drama: over whether blockbuster coverage of the shocking level of National Security Agency surveillance of Americans – coverage based on whistleblower Edward Snowden’s stolen top-secret documents – will … Read More

Last rite of friendship: A journalist lobbies for an obit

Mark Twain once called reports of his death exaggerated. But what can be done if the media doesn’t give a person’s actual passing the serious attention it deserves? Martyl Langsdorf (courtesy Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which published an appreciation of Langsdorf on April 9) The question confronted me early this month as I sat … Read More