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Posts by Roy J. Harris Jr.

About Roy J. Harris Jr.

Roy Harris, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, is the author of Pulitzer's Gold: A Century of Public Service Journalism, published in an updated edition by Columbia University Press in 2016 for the Pulitzer Prize centennial celebration. After 23 years with the Journal, including six as Los Angeles deputy bureau chief, he worked from 1996 to 2009 as senior editor at The Economist Group’s CFO Magazine, and was founding editorial director in 2011 for CFOworld, an online corporate-finance site. Early in his career he reported for the Los Angeles Times and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He contributes often to Poynter on the Pulitzer Prizes and other topics. He lives in Hingham, Massachusetts.
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New York Daily News reporter on Pulitzer work: 'We forced them to account for what the city had done.'

For its top 2017 journalism award — the Public Service gold medal — the Pulitzer Prizes reached beyond several entries growing out of the presidential election campaign. Rather, it honored a gritty New York Daily News and ProPublica collaboration that identified and corrected abusive practices by New York City’s police department. The project’s lead reporter, Sarah L. Ryley, an 11-year … Read More
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How will coverage of Trump and the campaign fare at the Pulitzers today?

(This article has been updated to include work recognized in recent contests including Investigative Reporters and Editors and American Society of News Editors.) With so many respected newsrooms still adjusting to having the president call them the "enemy of the American people," today's announcement of the 2017 Pulitzer Prizes feels like a showdown. What … Read More
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Exit interview with Mike Pride, retiring administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes

With four weeks to go until Pulitzer Prize administrator Mike Pride reveals 2017’s winners, Columbia University said Monday that this year's prize announcements will be his last. The veteran of three years as administrator, who previously served a full nine-year term on the Pulitzer Board, will be retiring in July. The years since 2014 have been eventful for the … Read More
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Broadway’s “The Front Page” offers a rowdy lesson in news history

"The Front Page," Broadway’s star-studded revival of the classic 1928 newspaper comedy, needs two types of reviews: one for general audiences and one for journalists. Since opening night last Thursday, most general reviews have been tepid at best. While critics praise Nathan Lane’s portrayal of profane, domineering Chicago Herald-Examiner editor Walter Burns, otherwise they tend to scald the show. As … Read More
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Pulitzer Prize boss Mike Pride says further expansion of the award is 'probable'

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize centennial is approaching its halfway point, with three of the Pulitzer organization’s four planned “marquee events” behind it. Designed to celebrate the prizes’ history, the events also are setting the stage for today’s new realities facing American journalism, and arts and letters. The first of the four events — at The Poynter Institute in March — examined … Read More
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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