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2013 National Magazine Awards widen scope, and women win

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At the American Society of Magazine Editors awards Thursday night, Dahlia Lithwick won for commentary and Pamela Colloff won for feature writing. No women won either category last year because no women were nominated in them.

ASME Chief Executive Sid Holt told Poynter last year that criticism of the awards’ nominations, which failed to nominate women in the feature writing, reporting, profile writing, essays and criticism or columns and commentary categories, was “kind of silly.” And yet this year’s nominations were far more representative of the industry they survey.

It’s depressing that ‘women write good stuff’ is news, and it feels silly to congratulate ASME for doing its job,” Katie J.M. Baker wrote in Jezebel earlier this month, “but it’s a dramatic improvement, and we’re psyched.”

The awards’ categories still consider magazines aimed at men in “News, Sports and Entertainment Magazines,” while it considers magazines aimed at women in the “Service and Fashion Magazines” category.… Read more

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4 questions about the Pulitzer Prizes

Discussion of the winners and finalists for the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes was muted Monday, as news producers and consumers turned their attention to the bombings in Boston. But 24 hours later, enough time has passed for a little journo-navel-gazing:

What does it take for women to win Pulitzers? Before 1991, a graduate degree and a Northeastern upbringing helped, University of Missouri professor Yong Volz and Chinese University of Hong Kong professor Francis L. F. Lee write in a new study. The study, which I first wrote about in October, was published by Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly earlier this month.

Those advantages compensated for a historical bias against women both in newsrooms and in prize competitions, Volz and Lee write. Statistics showed them the importance of those advantages lessened after 1991, but “gender disadvantage has not completely disappeared,” they write.… Read more

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Javier Manzano first freelance photographer to win Pulitzer in 17 years

Javier Manzano was “shocked” when he found out he had won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.

“To be honest, I am still having a bit of trouble processing the magnitude of the recognition,” Manzano, a freelancer for Agence France-Presse, said by email Tuesday morning. “I feel privileged to be [in] the company of my colleagues who also work as freelancers in some of the most challenging environments with little or no outside support.”

Freelancers have won Pulitzer prizes in the past, but not nearly as often as full-time journalists have. Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler told Poynter that it’s been 17 years since a freelance photographer won a Pulitzer. (Two freelance photographers — Charles Porter IV and Stephanie Welsh — won in 1996.)

Manzano won for a photo of two rebel soldiers guarding their sniper’s nest in Aleppo, as light streams through bullet holes in the wall behind them.… Read more

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Pulitzer, finalists are source of pride for Poynter

My usual pride in the Poynter Institute derives from its benign influence on journalists across the globe. Such influence may flow from a seminar or conference, an online course, or work published on this website. We teach journalism in the public interest, and we celebrate it.

But today that pride derives from another, lesser-known role played by Poynter as the owner of the Tampa Bay Times. That newspaper, formerly the St. Petersburg Times, just won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing and produced two finalists — one for investigative reporting and another for feature writing.

Tim Nickens and Dan Ruth earned the big prize for their editorials denouncing local county commissioners who, embracing paranoid ideology over medical science, took fluoride out of the water supply.… Read more

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Tampa Bay Times wins Pulitzer, reacts to announcement

Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times has won a 2013 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing and is a finalist in two other categories.

The Times’ Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth won for their editorials on Pinellas County’s decision to fluoridate residents’ water won. Kelley Benham was a feature writing finalist for her three-part series on her daughter’s premature birth, and Alex Zayas’ “In God’s Name” series earned her a finalist spot for feature writing, as well as the Selden Ring Award earlier this year.

“Today, obviously, we celebrate journalism that makes a difference, and we celebrate the Tampa Bay Times,” Editor Neil Brown told the newsroom. “We get to do it together, and with some teachers among us.” … Read more

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Listen live to Pulitzers announcement

If you’ve tried to follow the Pulitzer announcements by Twitter in the past, you know it’s like trying to drink from a firehose. Columbia University will broadcast the audio of the announcement starting at 2:45 p.m. ET.

Host Sree Sreenivasan tells Poynter he’s especially interested in getting winning newsrooms to call in after 3:10 p.m. (The awards are announced at 3 p.m.)

Sreenivasan would like to hear “hollering and such” in the background of calls, so buy your interns some thundersticks. He’s also in the market for guests; email him or blogtalkradio’s Chitra Agrawal three to five minutes before you’re ready to go on air, he says. The call-in number is 646-915-9583.

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Winners to watch for when the Pulitzers are announced today

About a half-dozen journalism organizations have already weighed in on their versions of 2012’s best reporting, commentary and press photography. Today at 3 p.m. ET, it’s the Pulitzer Prize Board’s turn — for the 97th time — to announce the winners of American journalism’s oldest and highest honors.

The Pulitzer announcement follows the meeting of its 19-member Board, mostly representing news organizations but with a sprinkling of academics and writers, to make its final selection for each of the 14 Pulitzer journalism categories, along with seven for arts, letters and music.

The process started in February with a diverse pool of journalists who assembled at Columbia University’s Journalism Building to nominate three finalists per category. The choices were shrouded in secrecy — a silence finally mastered by Pulitzer administrators in 2009, after years in which members of the juror pool almost comically began leaking within hours of swearing not to disclose their selections.… Read more

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IRE Award winners, Mirror Award finalists announced

Investigative Reporters and Editors | S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

California Watch’s “Broken Shield” series by Ryan Gabrielson and The Chicago Tribune’s “Empty Desk Epidemic” series by David Jackson, Gary Marx and Alex Richards are among this year’s winners of IRE awards. And Forbes reporter Jeff Bercovici, CJR reporter Sara Morrison and Poynter’s Craig Silverman are among the finalists for the 2013 Mirror Awards, which honor media reporting. Both were announced Wednesday.

Arwa Damon and Sarmad Qaseera’s CNN coverage of the attack on a U.S. temporary office in Benghazi, Libya, was also honored by IRE, as was the Belleville (Ill) News Democrat’s “Hidden suffering, hidden death” series. Morrison and Silverman landed in the Mirror Awards’ “Best Commentary” category with three stories each.… Read more

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SCOTUSblog gets a Peabody Award

Peabody Awards | SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog is among the winners of the 72nd-annual Peabody Awards, announced Wednesday. It’s the first blog to receive a Peabody, Amy Howe writes in an announcement on the site. “[T]he website provides everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. Supreme Court and its cases but didn’t know where to look,” the awards announcement reads. SCOTUSblog joins ABC’s Hurricane Sandy coverage, WVIT-TV’s coverage of the Sandy Hook massacre and Kelly McEvers and Deborah Amos’ coverage of Syria on NPR in the winner’s circle.

Local TV stations picked up a good amount of hardware: WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, KMGH-TV in Denver and KNXV-TV in Phoenix all received Peabodys.… Read more

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What makes journalism ‘innovative’? Lessons from this year’s Scripps Howard Awards

What is innovation in journalism today? I heavily debated that question with Dan Gillmor and Retha Hill earlier this month while judging the Scripps Howard Awards at Poynter.

The 44 entries in the “Digital Innovation” category we were judging were some help. But not as much we had hoped.

The top of the list, thankfully, exemplified the award criteria of finding “fresh, engaging” ways to do great journalism. What does that look like? Think Snow Fall from The New York Times, which ended up winning the award. Big data projects from ProPublica, narrated graphics from the Los Angeles Times, the killer iPad app by Reuters, Bloomberg’s infographics, and News 21’s interactive video trailer presentation also had the judges uttering words like “stunning,” “mind-blowing,” “amazing” and “powerful.”

What set them apart from the rest of the entries was the way that each one found a creative — and effective — way to use a digital technique or tool to tell a story or convey information.… Read more

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