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Eli Saslow thanks his sources for their ‘huge act of courage’

The Washington Post

Speaking to The Washington Post newsroom after he won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting Monday, reporter Eli Saslow said that a friend had told him, “Oh Pulitzer Prize winner, now I know the first three words of your obituary.”

Saslow saluted colleagues, editors and the Post itself. Referring to former owner Don Graham, Saslow said he’s excited about its new ownership but is “so, so grateful that if I was ever going to get lucky enough to win one of these things that some of the stories were published when it was Don’s paper.” Saslow also talked about the people “I owe the most to”: His sources.

They’re the ones who take the huge risk. It’s a huge act of courage to have somebody call, who you don’t know, from out of town, and say that they want to come be with you constantly in sort of, you know, every corner of your life in this moment where things are usually not going well and there’s a lot at stake. That’s an incredible thing to ask of people, and yet they say yes, and I wonder a lot about that because I’m not sure I’d be the person who said yes. And I think it’s because people are so — they really crave to be understood and they want to know that what they’re dealing with matters. And I think our journalism should validate that and it should take good care of the trust they’re giving us to come into their lives.

He likened the prize to the experience of having a nice sandwich after reporting on a family without food security.

“In some ways this moment is a little bit like eating a sandwich,” he said. “It’s like, it’s great. It feels really, really good. I hope some of the attention goes to the people who are letting us into their lives.”

Related: Saslow’s author page at the Post. Read more

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Pulitzer board’s no-award in feature writing goes unexplained

International Business Times

When the Pulitzer board on Monday announced the 2014 recipients of journalism’s highest honor, a major category lacked a winner. No one had won for feature writing.

Since three finalists were chosen by the nominating jury for that category, why was one not selected by the board? Pulitzer Prizes administrator Sig Gissler told IBT’s Christopher Zara:

“It’s not a statement on the quality of feature writing in America,” he said in a phone interview. “They were thoroughly discussed and carefully considered.”

But that doesn’t explain the reason for the decision not to award the prize, and Gissler was not providing an answer: “We don’t get into explaining what the deliberations entail,” he said. Read more

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Cartoonist brings the Charlotte Observer its first win in 26 years

Siers’ self-drawn Twitter picture.

Kevin Siers daydreamed and drew through school, doodling as he listened. Then, in the fifth grade, he and his teacher had a talk.

“And he just took me aside and said, look, I want you to make me some comic books,” Siers said in a phone interview with Poynter.

So Siers created a superhero knockoff. The winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning didn’t launch into the local newspaper from there, though. Siers went to work in the ore mines after high school in Biwabik, Minn. But while there, Mark Washburn wrote on Monday for the Observer, he submitted a cartoon to The Biwabik Times. From the Observer:

“So I said, I guess I could do this,” Siers said.

When he returned to the university, he began doing editorial cartoons for the campus newspaper, the Minnesota Daily. He got to know Steve Sack, political cartoonist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and last year’s Pulitzer winner for editorial cartoons.

“Sack was my mentor,” Siers said. “He’d take me out to lunch and show me grown-up cartoonist tricks.”

Siers has been with the Observer since 1987, said Taylor Batten, editorial page editor, in a phone interview with Poynter. Batten said Siers is a voracious reader who doesn’t just read headlines and throw something together, but he approaches his work with knowledge and background.

“He’s a journalist first and a journalist who expresses his ideas through cartoons,” Batten said. Read more

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Gellman: Baron’s editing ‘made me feel like it was still The Washington Post I’d grown up with’

Bart Gellman is by no means done with reporting on the NSA. His stories for The Washington Post won a Public Service Pulitzer today, a prize he and collaborators, including Ashkan Soltani and Laura Poitras, shared with The Guardian for their reporting on Edward Snowden’s revelations. “Look, there are more great stories to do, and I have a book to write, so I will be on this subject for time to come,” Gellman said by phone.

Gellman speaks to The Washington Post newsroom after the Pulitzer announcement Monday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Gellman speaks to The Washington Post newsroom after the Pulitzer announcement Monday.

Asked whether he’d changed his methodology in the course of reporting these stories, Gellman said “I’ve had to become much more careful to protect my reporting materials and my confidential sources.” Whereas he used to worry about keeping stuff only from the U.S. government, “Now I have to worry about foreign intelligence services.”

Gellman said he’s “even more conscious than I was before about putting sources at risk.” At times, he’s worried about asking even “fairly innocent questions” he feared might put sources under scrutiny. “There are times I don’t make the call or don’t make the visit I want to make” because of such concerns, he said.

Post Executive Editor Marty Baron “did not know me from Adam when I came to him with a really high risk” story, Gellman said, saying he’s “genuinely, no bullshit, immensely grateful to this paper and its leadership.” Baron “made every decision with guts and good judgment,” he said. “It made me feel like it was still The Washington Post I’d grown up with.”

“We are enormously grateful that Bart Gellman brought this story to the Post, where he had worked for so many years,” Baron said in an email to Poynter. “His experience and expertise in the realm of national security and intelligence are unequaled. That allowed him to navigate some especially sensitive and difficult terrain. Throughout this story, he showed persistence, great care, and no small measure of wisdom.” Read more

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Newsrooms celebrate Pulitzer wins

Monday’s Pulitzer-winners announcement was eagerly anticipated in newsrooms.

Guardian US:

 

Boston Globe:

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New York Times:


The Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Charlotte Observer:

The Washington Post:

The Center for Public Integrity:

The Gazette:

Reuters breaks out the bubbly.

The Detroit Free Press:

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Pulitzer Prizes 2014: Winners announced

Columbia University named its 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners on Monday. Here’s what the announcement looked like in some newsrooms. On Friday, Roy J. Harris Jr. wrote a Pulitzer preview.

Public Service Reporting

The Pulitzer goes to two organizations for their coverage of the NSA: The Guardian for Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill’s reporting, and The Washington Post for Bart Gellman’s work. Both sets of reporters worked from documents leaked to them by Edward Snowden. The Washington Post wrote this about the Public Service Reporting win and the Explanatory Reporting win.

“Today’s decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government,” Snowden told the Guardian. “We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation, including the forced destruction of journalistic materials, the inappropriate use of terrorism laws, and so many other means of pressure to get them to stop what the world now recognises was work of vital public importance.”

Breaking News Reporting

The Boston Globe Staff won for their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. “There’s nobody in this room that wanted to cover this story,” Globe Editor Brian McGrory told the newsroom. Read more

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This undated photo provided by Stack’s Bowers Galleries shows the first Pulitzer Prize for Public Service to ever come to auction. The 1932 Pulitzer was awarded to the now-defunct New York World-Telegram, and put up for auction in Baltimore on March 29, 2014, by the New York-based Stack’s Bowers Galleries. (AP Photo/Stack’s Bowers Galleries)

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 win a Pulitzer for the U.S. website of the British-based Guardian, and perhaps The Washington Post as well.

Glenn Greenwald’s, Ewen MacAskill’s and Laura Poitras’ Guardian coverage, “The NSA Files,” has taken top honors from Scripps Howard, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Online News Association and the Polk Awards, with the Polks adding Barton Gellman’s Post reporting of NSA data mining to its citation.

When the ONA announced its winners last October, it honored The Guardian with its Gannett Foundation Award for Watchdog Journalism. But the real buzz about The Guardian’s and Post’s chances for a Pulitzer – perhaps in the Public Service category – escalated after the February announcement from Long Island University, which administers the Polks. That led to a series of online stories and discussions, including a Politico article and, later, a discussion on The Huffington Post about the coverage’s Pulitzer prospects.

All this has provoked comparisons to the Pentagon Papers coverage that roiled the Pulitzer organization 42 years ago. After much debate, the 1972 Public Service Prize was awarded to The New York Times, and now is among the most celebrated in Pulitzer history, recognizing a masterpiece of analytic journalism. That makes it a tough act to follow. Still, judges for the Selden Ring Award, in declaring the Washington Post’s NSA reporting its runner-up, said: “The coverage was courageous, enterprising, and notable for its lucid explanation of complex technical matters and how they bear on the privacy and security of Americans.”

Whether or not the Pulitzer Board votes a prize for coverage of the Snowden documents, though, their decision is likely to be among the biggest stories coming out of Monday’s announcements.

Meanwhile, lots of other reporting, commentary and photography is being considered for recognition among the 14 Pulitzer journalism categories: investigative projects from Sacramento to Milwaukee to Miami, and incisive breaking-news coverage from Boston to Phoenix. As always, remarkable work at The New York Times, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times Pulitzer powerhouses is getting a look. And then there’s the seven-year-old question of whether The Wall Street Journal will win in a news-related category for the first time in the seven years Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has owned the paper. (It has been a finalist in news categories eight times.)

So let’s get started.

Once again, Pulitzer jurors meeting Feb. 20-22 kept mum, although Politico did say it had “confirmed” that the Pulitzer Board would be considering both a Guardian and a Post entry related to the Snowden documents. That would mean jurors listed them as nominated finalists, the first step in the two-stage Pulitzer process. The 19-member board is winding up deliberations today, typically picking a  winner and two finalists in each of the 14 categories. (The board also makes selections in 21 Pulitzer arts and letters categories.)

Since leaks from Pulitzer jurors have dried up in recent years, this annual preview has turned to earlier journalism competitions for clues about who might be in the running for 2014 Pulitzers. It’s an imperfect approach, at best – especially given the board’s penchant for Pulitzer surprises.

Here’s some of the work standing out from other competitions:

• Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staffers Ellen Gabler, Mark Johnson and John Fauber, who won the $35,000 Selden Ring Award for their “Deadly Delays” investigative series, raising questions about blood-screening programs designed to find and treat ailments in newborns. In addition to the Selden Ring, presented by the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California, they also won Scripps Howard and IRE awards, and one of two ASNE Deborah Howell Awards for Nondeadline Writing. The other ASNE winner was The Washington Post’s s Eli Saslow, for a variety of narrative articles. Saslow also received a Polk for National Reporting for his work covering the federal food stamp program.

• Andrea Elliott of The New York Times, whose ”Invisible Child” chronicle, introducing readers to one of New York City’s 22,000 homeless, won for her the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Human Interest Storytelling award, and a Polk.

• The Sacramento Bee, which claimed the Worth Bingham Prize, and its $20,000, from Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation. The Bee’s “Nevada Patient Busing” investigation found that a psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas had transported more than 1,500 mentally ill patients to other states by bus, a third of them to California.  The Bee also won a Polk for that work.

• The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a branch of the Center for Public Integrity, won both Scripps Howard and IRE awards for a report titled “Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze.”

• A team of journalists from the Center for Public Integrity, along with a team from ABC News, won the Goldsmith Prize, and $25,000, from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center. It reported on the continuing plague of black lung disease.

Wall Street Journal projects won no major contests in the year. Some Pulitzer-watchers, though, noted that its long-running “Waste Lands” series, primarily by John Emshwiller, could be a Pulitzer prize-winner or finalist, perhaps in National Reporting. Along with stories detailing post-Cold-War environmental dangers remaining after decades of nuclear-site buildups, the series has a strong interactive component that lets readers in every state examine their vulnerability.

Michael M. Phillips’ “The Lobotomy Files,” detailing how the U.S. operated on mental patients after World War II, was a Goldsmith finalist. So there’s still a chance the Journal can break its string of winless years in news categories – going back to its Public Service Pulitzer for exposing corporate stock-options abuses. (Journal columnist Bret Stephens won for Commentary last year, with the paper’s Joseph Rago winning for Editorial Writing in 2011.)

Other work named as Goldsmith finalists: Scot Paltrow and Kelly Carr’s “Unaccountable” series for Reuters, exposing widespread accounting malpractice in the Defense Department, and Tim Elfrink’s “Biogenesis: Steroids, Baseball and an Industry Gone Wrong” series in Miami New Times, about the anti-aging clinic and its links to some of baseball’s biggest stars.

Pulitzer candidates may be found among these other honorees, as well.

POLK

• State Reporting, Shawn Boburg of Northern New Jersey’s Record, for his coverage of the infamous George Washington Bridge lane closures and the traffic jam they caused last September.

• Political Reporting, The Washington Post’s Rosalind Helderman, Laura Vozzella and Carol Leonnig, for covering Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s ties to a wealthy entrepreneur.

• Medical Reporting, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Meg Kissinger, for her definitive study of Milwaukee County’s mental health system.

• Justice Reporting, The New York Times reporters Frances Robles, Sharon Otterman, Michael Powell and N.R. Kleinfield, for digging up the story of a man unjustly jailed in a rabbi’s killing.

SCRIPPS HOWARD

• Breaking News, The Arizona Republic, for coverage of the Yarnell Hill fire that killed 19 firefighters and destroyed 127 homes.

• Community Journalism, The Portland (Maine) Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, for a series examining problems meeting the needs of the state’s aging population.

• Environmental Reporting, The Seattle Times reporters Craig Welch and Steve Ringman, for a five-part series on ocean acidification.

ASNE

• Punch Sulzberger Award for Online Storytelling, The (Memphis, Tenn.) Commerical Appeal’s Marc Perrusquia and Jeff McAdory, for an archival search that illumined, years later, the day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.

• Local Accountability Reporting, The Washington Post’s Debbie Cenziper, Michael Sallah and Steven Rich, for exploring the process of tax lien auctions in the District of Columbia.

IRE

• Freedom of Information Award, ProPublica’s Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein, Jennifer LaFleur, Jeff Larson and Lena Groeger, for “The Prescribers,” on money wasted in the health care system.

• Print/Online, Large, Reuters staffers for “The Child Exchange.”

• Print/Online, Medium, John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for “Backfire.”

• Print/Online, Small, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, “Breaking the Banks.”

• Multiplatform, Small, the website inewsource, “Money, Power and Transit.”

The Pulitzer Prizes are the oldest and most revered American journalism prizes, dating to 1917. They draw more than 1,000 entries each year, although the total has fallen by roughly a third since the mid-1990s. Pulitzers are given primarily for newspaper work – with magazine and broadcast journalism generally excluded from consideration. In 2009, the Pulitzers allowed entries to be submitted by U.S. online operations unconnected to newspapers.

As always, previews like this must note the Pulitzer Board’s seeming fondness for picking work largely off the radar screens of other competitions. Last year’s dark-horse National Reporting winners were staffers from the fledgling InsideClimate News site, for their reports on flawed oil-pipeline regulations. The Public Service winner, Fort Lauderdale’s Sun Sentinel, was an ASNE, IRE and Scripps runner-up. But its inventive, meticulously reported series, documenting the frequency of deadly speeding by off-duty south Florida police won over both the jury and the board, bringing the paper its first-ever Pulitzer.

Finally, the Boston Globe’s work during and after that harrowing April day last year may well put it among 2014’s Pulitzer winners or finalists – bringing the Pulitzer-Marathon connection full-circle. The Online News Association named Boston.com and BostonGlobe.com winners in Breaking News for large publications, while ASNE gave Globe columnist Kevin Cullen its Mike Royko Award for his marathon-related and other columns. And among the Globe feature articles that stood out was Eric Moskowitz’s tale of a carjacking victim of bombers on the lam.

For the record, the marathon – 200 miles up the coast from Columbia University, where retiring Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler will make his final Prize announcements on Monday – this year is being held a week later.

Roy Harris, in his 12th year writing about the Pulitzer Prizes for Poynter, is author of “Pulitzer’s Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism.” He is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and editor in The Economist organization. A new edition of “Pulitzer’s Gold” is being prepared for Columbia University Press, and is due out in advance of the 2016 centennial of the Pulitzers. Read more

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Five things I learned from prize-winning journalism

I did something last year that I hadn’t done before in all my years as a journalist: I read (or otherwise consumed) virtually all of our profession’s prize-winning work.

The task was awe-inspiring; it gave me a new bar for measuring my own work as an editor.

“Secrets of Prize-Winning Journalism 2013,” an e-book from The Poynter Institute

It was also daunting. As co-editor of Poynter’s first e-book, “Secrets of Prize-Winning Journalism 2013,” I knew the book could feature interviews with the creators of only 10 pieces. To say the selection process was tough is an understatement. But I believe the stories we ultimately chose are a fair representation of the larger body of work in at least this way: They prove that despite journalism’s challenges and its shifting landscape, the talent, tenacity and passion to do meaningful work is ever-present.

Now a new contest season is upon us, and Poynter is deeply ensconced in seeing what else can be learned from colleagues whose work will be showcased in our 2014 edition of the book. In the meantime, I wanted to offer this: Five things I learned from last year’s jaw-dropping journalism.

Some are new insights; others are reminders of old nuggets that shouldn’t be forgotten but sometimes are.

1. Collaboration really is the thing.

There’s still a lot of talk about “legacy” platforms and the digital newcomer. I sometimes think of this as the 10,000-pound gorilla teaming up with Mighty Mouse. But organizations that truly believe in an old adage — “The whole is larger than the sum of its parts” – are winners in the new media landscape.

No place was this more evident than in The Denver Post’s coverage of the shootings at the theater in Aurora, Colo., and The New York Times’ account of an avalanche in the Cascade mountains in Washington.

At The Post, the tweets of reporters and photographers on the scene of the theater shootings were used to build stories in the office. The paper served the breaking news story’s immediacy on the Web, then came back with context in print. Planning for both platforms was simultaneous and coordinated. Said News Director Kevin Dale: “I’m a fan of practicing solid breaking news, social media, multiplatform journalism every single day. If that is the daily mission, the staff can respond to any story.”

As for John Branch’s “Snow Fall,” which received its own avalanche of praise, it married fine writing with the skills of videographers and photographers and Web geniuses to achieve a fully-realized, multimedia presentation — what many called 21st century storytelling.

2. In places where outsiders’ eyes are not allowed, it’s possible that people are being victimized.

That’s an investigative truism, isn’t it? Certainly Alexandra Zayas of the Tampa Bay Times found that to be the case in Florida group homes that claimed a religious exemption and thereby escaped state oversight. In her series, “In God’s  Name,” she found that kids were being bruised and bloodied and shackled for days.

Inside a massive court system that operated out of sight of the public in California, two prize-winning broadcast journalists pulled back the veil to expose a system that teetered on the edge of causing injury by being asked to do too much with too little.

Correspondent Jennifer London and investigative producer Karen Foshay, freelancers working for the nation’s largest independent public television station, KCET, got inside Dependency Court of Los Angeles County, where custody decisions are made.

Large-scale cutbacks were pending for a court that decided the fate of 25,000 children a year — the one courtroom in which news cameras had never been allowed. Foshay’s and London’s report, “Courting Disaster,” showed that judges spent, on average, less than 10 minutes deciding the fate of a child and his or her family.

3. Even in the digital age, old-fashioned skills are paramount.

How refreshing it was to hear self-proclaimed “document nerds” describe the importance of interviewing skills and knowing how to be human.

Observed  Sam Roe, a member  of The Chicago Tribune team that created “Playing with Fire,” an exposé on the dangers of flame retardants:

“In an era of journalism when so much focus is paid to improving digital skills, I think it’s important to emphasize that developing good interviewing abilities remains, in my opinion, far more crucial. Stories often rise and fall on the ability of the reporter to go toe to toe with the subjects on their investigations, many of whom are tops in their fields.”

Reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski echoed that sentiment. Her series “Children in Peril,” published by The Times of Northwest Indiana, required her to get families whose children were severely mentally ill to open up.

“One of the most important things is being able to talk to people, interact with people,” she said. “I think that gets lost in the conversation about everything else. The other stuff is important, but at the end of the day we are talking about people, and you have to be able to interact with people.”

4. One question we should be asking our subjects is, “What story do you want to give?”

Intimacy is a quality often found in distinguished work. It requires access, and access is a product of trust. Photographer Aaron Huey, who spent years documenting life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, says he gains trust by entering communities “not saying, ‘ I have a story I want to get,’ but instead asking, ‘What story do you want to give?’”

Huey’s photos for National Geographic, “In the Shadow of Wounded Knee” won recognition from his peers. His creation of the Pine Ridge Community Storytelling Project gave the Lakota a chance to be authors of their own story.

5. There is a place – indeed, a need – for longform and intimate journalism in the age of Twitter.

While tweets can communicate verified facts, stories can convey meaning. And longform – once simply called “narrative storytelling” – affords the time and space to communicate a story’s nuances and layers. It provides context and interpretation and helps us make sense of that which seems inexplicable.

Author Bill Buford, once The New Yorker’s fiction editor, put it this way: Stories “protect us from chaos…. they are a fundamental unit of knowledge, the foundation of memory, essential to the way we make sense of our lives: the beginning, middle and end of our personal and collective trajectories.”

In its coverage of the Aurora shooting, The Denver Post fed its audience breaking news online and through social media. It delivered context in a narrative account of the Aurora shooting and in an intimate profile of the alleged shooter.

Michael M. Phillips of The Wall Street Journal won the Ernie Pyle award for his collection of stories called “War’s Wake,” which explored the impact of America’s longest-running wars. These pieces were up close and personal, intimate accounts of the struggles encountered by soldiers and their loved ones. They made the personal universal.

Phillips says intimate stories are everywhere; they hide behind the headlines of the day. We just have to learn to see – and go after – them.

When we tell intimate stories – when we go after emotional truth and not just facts – our coverage of a news event becomes more complete, and therefore more accurate.

Jan Winburn is Poynter Writing and Editing Fellow and senior editor for enterprise at CNN Digital, where she is bringing longform storytelling to a brand known for breaking news. Before becoming an online journalist in 2009, she spent 30 years as an editor and writing coach at newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Baltimore Sun, The Hartford Courant and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Related: Learning from prize-winning journalism: tips for executing an investigative journalism project | Learning from prize-winning journalism: how to cover a breaking news story Read more

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Dylan Byers handicaps the Pulitzers’ “toughest decision in at least four decades”:

Two teams are being considered for their work on the NSA leaks, POLITICO has confirmed. One is made up of The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, who published the first landmark report on the NSA’s collection of Verizon phone records, and have since played an integral role in building upon those revelations. The other is Poitras and Barton Gellman, who reported on the wide-ranging surveillance program known as “PRISM” for The Washington Post.

Here, too, the Board faces a challenge: In the eyes of privacy advocates, Greenwald’s work has been much more consequential in the larger arc of the Snowden story, and it was Greenwald who flew to Hong Kong to meet with Snowden and earn his trust. But Greenwald, a staunch anti-surveillance advocate with a brash, outsider’s persona, is not the type of journalist the Pulitzer Board has typically admired. Gellman, by contrast, with his serious and soft-spoken demeanor and decades in the business, comes straight out of Pulitzer central casting. But on what grounds could the Pulitzers recognize Gellman and not Greenwald?

Dylan Byers, Politico

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Could Guardian, Washington Post share a Pulitzer for Snowden stories?

Pulitzer judges meet this weekend to begin choosing the latest winners. Chronologically, the awards come later than most, and you can find winners in awards that come out earlier in the year. There are a lot of those awards, however, so it’s not an exact predictor, said Roy J. Harris Jr., author of “Pulitzer’s Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism,” in a phone interview with Poynter.

“And they’re secret,” he said of the Pulitzers, “so you never know who’s been nominated.”

But with Sunday’s announcement of the shared George Polk Award between The Guardian and The Washington Post for their NSA reporting, it’s worth a bit of speculation.

“It’s unusual, but not unheard of, for the Pulitzers to go to two publications covering facets of the same story,” Harris wrote in an e-mail. “Last time was 2006, when the Public Service Pulitzer went to the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and the Sun Herald in Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss., for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina.” Read more

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