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Wired changes headline on dude-centric hacker story after backlash

Almost every time a hot Silicon Valley startup finally grits its teeth and releases diversity data, the story's the same. Facebook? Mostly male. Uber? Male-dominated. Google? Same story. It's a problem that's gotten plenty of play in the tech press. In 2014, Wired ran an 1,800-word dissection of Silicon Valley male-ness titled "This is what tech's … Read More
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Why The Daily Beast doesn't publish Trump stories on Sunday mornings

The presidency of Donald Trump is the most important story in the world, said Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon. But it's not the only story. That's why, for the last few weeks, The Daily Beast has decided not to publish Trump-related news on Sunday mornings, opting instead to run longer, in-depth stories that give its readers a look at … Read More
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Meet the journalists who told the inside story of Hillary Clinton's stunning loss

As her email mess was growing, Hillary Clinton scheduled the first national TV interview of her campaign with Brianna Keilar of CNN. It went poorly. But wait. It now turns out that Clinton aide Huma Abedin had meant "Bianna," not "Brianna" when she disclosed her belated intent to a communications aide. She wanted what she figured would be a non-threatening … Read More
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BuzzFeed admits 'millennial' into its styleguide

BuzzFeed has dropped its long-standing resistance to "millennial" and will permit usage of the word in its copy, the company announced Friday. In a post co-published with Columbia Journalism Review, BuzzFeed copy gurus Emmy Favilla and Megan Paolone explained their decision to allow unironic use of the word: It seems that millennials have now reclaimed millennial. Pretty soon, … Read More
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And the winner for the best Pulitzer Prize lead in 2017 is….

With apologies to Antony and Julius Caesar, we have come not to bury leads but to praise them. We would expect winners of Pulitzer Prizes to craft good leads — and this year they have. It is not always the case. Even in the digital age, reporters can bury a lead. Or they can write "suitcase" leads with tons of … Read More
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Journalists around the world are working together more than ever. Here are 56 examples.

On Monday, The Panama Papers — the giant collaborative investigation spearheaded by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists — won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. The Panama Papers may be one of the world’s largest collaborative efforts between journalists at different news organizations, but it certainly isn’t the only one. Back in 2010, Democracy Fund's Josh Stearns … Read More
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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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Tiny, family-run newspaper wins Pulitzer Prize for taking on big business

If you know Art Cullen, it's not exactly a surprise to learn his initial words upon watching the livestream of the Pulitzer announcements and learning he'd won for editorial writing. "Holy shit," he yelled out to his brother, John, the publisher of the family-run, 10-person Storm Lake (Iowa) Times. The only surprise was that there wasn't a longer string of … Read More
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The journalist who won the Charleston Gazette-Mail's first Pulitzer still does a monthly night cops shift

Eric Eyre was not standing hopefully with coworkers in the newsroom, bottle of grocery store champagne ready, when news broke that he won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. He was barely even in the building. Eyre, a government reporter with the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail, was standing in a hallway by the exit, getting … Read More
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BuzzFeed News gets its first Pulitzer citation

As is usually the case, legacy news organizations cleaned up at The Pulitzer Prizes this year — the overwhelming majority of prizes and finalists were from newspapers and wire services. One bright spot for digital media was BuzzFeed News, which on Monday earned its first finalist nod from The Pulitzer Prizes. Chris Hamby, an investigative reporter at BuzzFeed news, was … Read More
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Here are the winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prizes

Winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The annual prizes, which mark the best in journalism from the year, have evolved over time to include digital and magazine journalism. The story has been updated. Public Service: The New York Daily News and ProPublica "For uncovering, primarily through the work of reporter Sarah Ryley, widespread abuse … 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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Watch this Dallas editor's plea to the next generation of journalists: 'Care.'

Selwyn Crawford didn't mean to get up and give a big speech. Most years at the end of The Dallas Morning News' annual High School Journalism Day, he says something like "thanks, see you next year." "That's usually it, and that's sincerely what I planned to say yesterday," said Crawford, communities hub editor and director of the newsroom's … Read More
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'Important political news' is a casualty of the Trump-media feud, new Pew Research survey finds

Americans are highly aware that President Trump and the media have locked swords, and nearly three-quarters think those tensions are suppressing their access to important political news. Those are the findings of a new two-question survey the Pew Research Center released today. Hardly surprising, Pew researchers found that 83 percent of a survey panel of more than 4,000 believe Trump's … Read More
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