Report: Homicide Watch founder among members of Pulitzer jury


Laura Amico is among the people jurying this year's Pulitzer Prizes, Quartz's Zachary M. Seward and David Yanofsky report. The cofounder of Homicide Watch, they say, joins a slate of jury members that includes a number of people whose news organizations or jobs tilt digital, including Rachel Smolkin of Politico, Wall Street Journal digital honcho Raju Narisetti and Cate Barron of The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News, which like some other Advance properties has reduced its print frequency and increased its focus on digital newsgathering.

Homicide Watch, which Amico runs with her husband, Chris Amico, tracks individual murders in Washington, D.C., and in January announced plans to expand to Chicago.

Online-only publications became eligible for Pulitzers in 2008, and the prize criteria was broadened in 2009 to make it more inclusive of digital work. Since then, PolitiFact, ProPublica and Huffington Post have all won the top journalism prize.

Seward and Yanofsky have a list of 44 names: "It’s likely an incomplete list," they write. "Last year, 77 people sat on the nominating juries for journalism Pulitzers." The nominating juries select finalists; the Pulitzer Prize Board awards prizes from that group.

“We regard any jury list as confidential and do not condone its release,” Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzers, said last night by email.

Related: Homicide Watch DC, Chapter 2 (AJR)

Previously: Why it matters who won the first ‘online’ Pulitzer | Huffington Post Pulitzer winner: ‘You can do great journalism on any platform

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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