Weekend reading: The Titanic, the Pulitzers and Tucker Carlson

• Do not fill out your office Pulitzer pool without first boning up on Roy J. Harris' definitive cheat sheet to this year's prizes, which will be announced Monday afternoon. Can anyone edge out Sara Ganim? Will jurors be able to maintain secrecy? Will the Washington Post roar back and surprise everyone? Can I get another question into this item?

• Speaking of awards, the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi honorees were announced this week. Some great picks, and some stunning photographs if you scroll down.

• Oh, and speaking of awards, Columbia's j-school has put together a nifty presentation of 50 stories "Reported, Investigated, Written, Produced, Filmed, Edited, Photographed, Anchored, and/or Tweeted by Columbia Journalists."

• Oh, and speaking of journalism, Tucker Carlson gave a speech Wednesday that's a killer contribution to the burgeoning genre of depressing-advice-to-aspiring-journalists (earlier: Gladwell: Newspapers are ‘dreary, depressed places’; Roger Ailes tells journalism students: ‘I think you ought to change your major’). Francesca Chambers writes: "The theme of Carlson’s brutally honest speech could be summed up with this direct quote. 'Most people’s voices are not worth being heard.'" (So I guess he's read the Daily Caller, too? Buh-dum-bum!) Carlson also warned against going to college (“It was never designed for everybody”) and discussed getting called a name by Jon Stewart: ("Like I didn’t know I was a d**k before that?”)

• Sunday is the centennial of the Titanic's sinking, and that is not an anniversary marketers and information brokers are willing to let pass (have I mentioned that Poynter has an excellent addition to your Titanic reading?). Cable specials, ebooks, merchandise: Hey, they wouldn't make it if no one wanted to buy it. “It could be a titanic Titanic weekend,” National Geographic Channels U.S. chief David Lyle told Stuart Elliott.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com 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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