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‘Investigative reporting is obviously alive and well’ and other observations from first-time Pulitzer jurors

Pulitzer Medals. (Photo from Columbia University)

Pulitzer Medals. (Photo from Columbia University)

This year, several first-time Pulitzer Prize jurors came from online news organizations and platforms, including Quartz, Twitter, Trove, The Marshall Project and The Texas Tribune. I spoke with three of them about their experiences judging the Pulitzers. They can’t talk in specifics about entries, but they did talk about what the Pulitzers say about journalism, the role of social media and what they’d like to see next.

1. On what makes for powerful work and where that work is coming from:

“I think the winners this year validate the fact that important, game-changing journalism is being produced regardless of the medium, and that newspapers — even those facing dwindling resources — are continuing to emphasize the most important kind of reporting, work that exposes injustice,” said Emily Ramshaw, editor of The Texas Tribune. Read more

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Career Beat: S. Mitra Kalita joins the Los Angeles Times

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • S. Mitra Kalita will be managing editor for editorial strategy at the Los Angeles Times. She is executive editor-at-large at Quartz and an adjunct faculty member at Poynter. (Poynter)
  • Matt Saal will be executive producer at Bloomberg TV. He is an executive producer at MSNBC. (Email)
  • Mike Bruno is now senior vice president of digital content at Billboard. Previously, he was vice president of digital content there. (Email)

Job of the day: BBC News is looking for a news writer. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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S. Mitra Kalita heads to the L.A. Times to ‘develop and refine new styles of journalism’

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S. Mitra Kalita, executive editor-at-large at Quartz, will join the Los Angeles Times as managing editor for editorial strategy, LA Times publisher Austin Beutner and editor Davan Maharaj told staff in an email on Wednesday.

A creative force behind the business news site Quartz, with a background in traditional journalism as well, Mitra will join The Times as managing editor for editorial strategy. She will focus on helping us remake how the newsroom works and on creating new forms of journalism.

Kalita, who is also an adjunct faculty member at Poynter, will be one of three managing editors, joining Marc Duvoisin, who is managing editor for news, and Larry Ingrassia, who will become managing editor for new ventures.

From the announcement:

Mitra will work to develop and refine new styles of journalism similar to those she helped pioneer at Quartz.

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Jeff Bezos

SXSW report: Washington Post’s digital numbers even better than officials claimed

According to Capital New York, Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron and Chief Information Officer Shailesh Prakash gave a presentation at the South by Southwest Interactive festival on how the technological innovations introduced by Jeff Bezos have changed the newspaper’s fortunes. And they made a remarkable claim: according to numbers produced by comScore, the Post’s number of unique visitors jumped 71 percent in a single year, to roughly 42.6 million in December.

But according to comScore, the Post’s numbers are even better if you look at what happened in February. comScore Vice President of Marketing and Insights Andrew Lipsman claims that in February, The Washington Post’s number of unique visitors jumped to more than 48 million, a 63 percent increase over the same month last year. Read more

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Career Beat: LinkedIn adds 3 to editorial team

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community.

  • Caroline Fairchild has been named new economy editor at LinkedIn. Previously, she was a reporter at Fortune. Ramya Venugopal is now a senior editor at LinkedIn. Previously, she was managing editor of YourStory. Maya Pope-Chappell is now an editor at LinkedIn. Previously, she was social media and analytics editor at The Wall Street Journal. (Email)
  • Jose Antonio Vargas is now editor at #EmergingUS. He is a journalist and documentarian. (Poynter)
  • Tom Gjelten is now a religion reporter at NPR. Previously, he reported on national security, intelligence, the military and terrorism there. (Email)
  • Kat Odell is now the editor of Eater Drinks. Previously, she was an editorial producer at Eater. (Poynter)
  • Charlie LeDuff is now a contributor at Vice News.
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Jose Antonio Vargas and the L.A. Times create a platform for immigration and identity

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On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times announced a new partnership with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas in creating #EmergingUS. According to a press release, the multimedia platform will examine “the intersection of race, immigration, identity and the complexities of multiculturalism. #EmergingUS will aim to illuminate these issues and create a dialogue at a time when demographic shifts are transforming the face of America.”

Vargas, who is also an undocumented immigrant, revealed his status in an article in The New York Times Magazine in 2011. Last year, he created the film “Documented” about his own experiences in the U.S.. Vargas, who started Define American, was also detained last year in McAllen, Texas by U.S. border patrol agents. He was later released. Read more

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Journalist on Cuba: ‘My mom has been waiting and waiting and waiting’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. A more personal look at the Cuba story

    On Wednesday, Maria Carrillo, a senior editor at the Houston Chronicle, spent a lot of time on the phone with her mother, a Cuban exile. "I am an American, born here, raised here, never been to the island where my parents were born. But those are my people, as surely as if I'd toddled into the surf at Varadero or spent summer nights along the Malecón. And this has all been painful to watch. We are separated — by that embargo, by politics, by distance, by time. We've been waiting and waiting and waiting." (Houston Chronicle) | CNN's Patrick Oppmann is based in Havana. "Church bells ringing in Havana.

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Facing a flood of incivility, news sites make reader comments harder to find

When the Los Angeles Times redesigned its website earlier this year, it became harder to find the opinions of people like iamstun1, jumped2, and Shootist.

Those are the screen names of some Times readers who are among the most prolific authors of online comments. Their writings, like the rest of the reader comments, no longer appear at the bottom of stories on latimes.com.

Instead, comments for each article remain hidden unless users click on an icon along the right side of the screen.

Screenshot from latimes.com

Screenshot from latimes.com

That opens a separate page where readers can peruse the thoughts of iamstun1 on the federal budget bill (“Republicans really are scums”), jumped2 on the Senate torture investigation (“EVERYONE involved in releasing the CIA report and harming our Military should be tried for TREASON and HUNG”), and Shootist on a flash flood that damaged homes and forced evacuations throughout Southern California (“couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of pantywaists”). Read more

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Career Beat: Kevin Sullivan named EP for CIR’s investigative radio show, ‘Reveal’

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Kevin Sullivan has been named executive producer at “Reveal.” He’s the senior managing editor of “Here and Now.” (Center for Investigative Reporting)
  • Mike Hofman has been named executive digital director at GQ. He’s executive digital director at Glamour. (Email)
  • Steve Battaglio is now a TV and media business reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was the business editor at TV Guide. (Email)

Job of the day: The Associated Press is looking for interns. Get your résumés in! (AP)

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Jeff Bezos

Newspaper distributor to do same-day delivery for Amazon

mediawiremorningIt’s Thursday. Here’s a pop quiz: How many media stories do you think you’re about to get?

  1. UK newspaper distributor will do same-day Amazon deliveries: “Connect Group will make early morning deliveries at the same time as it delivers daily newspapers and use contractors to fulfill a second delivery in the afternoon.” Connect distributes The Guardian and The Mirror, Rory Gallivan reports. (Wall Street Journal)
  2. Longtime S.F. Chronicle editor William German dies at 95: “Mr. German began his career at the paper as a copy boy. When he retired 62 years later, he was the dean of West Coast editors. He had helped transform The Chronicle from the No.3 newspaper in a four-newspaper city to the largest paper in Northern California.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
  3. BBC battles Ebola in Africa with WhatsApp: “The service will deliver information on preventative care, health tips and breaking news bulletins specific to the region about the virus in French and English, and often in audio formats,” writes Alastair Reid.
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