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April 16, 2012
Pulitzer roundup: A year full of changing ground and big surprises
HuffPo won a Pulitzer! And so did Politico! 2011 may become a watershed year for online journalism, as for-profit online news organizations finally took a bite out of the news industry’s most prestigious prize. The Huffington Post, known as the kings of aggregation, won for a fairly traditional piece for them — reporter David Wood’s ten-part story discussing the struggles of returning veterans. (Wood is shown above, trying to open up a Nattie Light, which clearly is the only beer HuffPo had on hand to celebrate his feat.) Politico, on the other hand, won for Matt Wuerker’s mad editorial cartooning skillz. The wins tell the journalism world what many already knew — the folks on the Web are at the same level as traditional newspapers. Anyway, here’s a round-up of a few newspaper winners of note:
one At age 24 and just out of college, the Harrisburg Patriot-News’ Sara Ganim won a Pulitzer for local reporting — she was the first to report details on the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State.
two The Stranger, a snarky Seattle weekly known for advice columnist Dan Savage, won a Pulitzer for Eli Sanders’ story about a woman who survived a brutal rape.
three Despite a tough time for the paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer won a public service Pulitzer for its “Assault on Learning" series, which tackled school violence.
four The Tuscaloosa News kept readers informed online, despite a tornado which stopped their presses and destroyed homes. For that, they won a Breaking News Pulitzer. source
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HuffPo won a Pulitzer! And so did Politico! 2011 may become a watershed year for online journalism, as for-profit online news organizations finally took a bite out of the news industry’s most prestigious prize. The Huffington Post, known as the kings of aggregation, won for a fairly traditional piece for them — reporter David Wood’s ten-part story discussing the struggles of returning veterans. (Wood is shown above, trying to open up a Nattie Light, which clearly is the only beer HuffPo had on hand to celebrate his feat.) Politico, on the other hand, won for Matt Wuerker’s mad editorial cartooning skillz. The wins tell the journalism world what many already knew — the folks on the Web are at the same level as traditional newspapers. Anyway, here’s a round-up of a few newspaper winners of note:

  • one At age 24 and just out of college, the Harrisburg Patriot-News’ Sara Ganim won a Pulitzer for local reporting — she was the first to report details on the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State.
  • two The Stranger, a snarky Seattle weekly known for advice columnist Dan Savage, won a Pulitzer for Eli Sanders’ story about a woman who survived a brutal rape.
  • three Despite a tough time for the paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer won a public service Pulitzer for its “Assault on Learning" series, which tackled school violence.
  • four The Tuscaloosa News kept readers informed online, despite a tornado which stopped their presses and destroyed homes. For that, they won a Breaking News Pulitzer. source

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20:58 // 2 years ago
January 15, 2012
15:14 // 2 years ago
October 21, 2011
huffnos:

Front page, October 2011

If you aren’t following HuffNos, you should. They do a solid job of finding the Huffington Post’s low points. This is particularly low.

huffnos:

Front page, October 2011

If you aren’t following HuffNos, you should. They do a solid job of finding the Huffington Post’s low points. This is particularly low.

11:11 // 2 years ago
September 12, 2011

musingsbymattheous-deactivated2 says: Why are you using The Huffington Post as a source? They're known to make up 'facts' just to get fodder for their so called 'news site'...I'd rather get my new from a piece of used toilet tissue in a Taco Bell bathroom than read this garbage.

» SFB says: We have our disagreements with HuffPo from time to time (we think they over-aggregate a lot of their content at times, and we side with the writers in the case of them not getting paid), but we think you’re giving them short shrift. They do have some pretty great journalists there, such as Craig Kanalley. If you notice, we also run Fox News content as well, if it’s relevant and newsworthy. We try to base what we post on the content itself, not simply the source. So to put it simply, we’re going to keep using them if the content they have is worthwhile. — Ernie @ SFB

19:03 // 2 years ago
August 2, 2011
Download of the day: AOL’s take on the iPad personalized magazine craze, Editions, is really good from a design perspective, though we gotta wonder why The Washington Post’s local content isn’t in there, but there are numerous stories from The Examiner and The Hill. It’s a great way to look at AOL’s own content (they have a lot, remember), but outside content is a little lacking. That said, there is a ton of potential here. (Ed. Disclosure: When not posting pictures of cats, I work for the Washington Post’s Express. — Ernie)

Download of the day: AOL’s take on the iPad personalized magazine craze, Editions, is really good from a design perspective, though we gotta wonder why The Washington Post’s local content isn’t in there, but there are numerous stories from The Examiner and The Hill. It’s a great way to look at AOL’s own content (they have a lot, remember), but outside content is a little lacking. That said, there is a ton of potential here. (Ed. Disclosure: When not posting pictures of cats, I work for the Washington Post’s Express. — Ernie)

22:27 // 3 years ago
July 24, 2011

HuffPo wins the award for most crass article on Amy Winehouse's demise: "Amy Winehouse's Untimely Death Is a Wake Up Call for Small Business Owners" 

Dear Tricia Fox: Don’t use a person’s death to offer up small-business-friendly advice like this: “But whether you are a pop star, a plumber or a business consultant, the same rules still apply: you are the product. And if that’s the case, you are going to need to take really good care for yourself if you want your business to succeed.” It’s crass SEO-hoarding. BAD HuffPo.

16:39 // 3 years ago
July 11, 2011
18:31 // 3 years ago
June 10, 2011
735 pages of Sarah Palin’s e-mails on Scribd: We know how we’re spending our afternoon. (via huffpo)

735 pages of Sarah Palin’s e-mails on Scribd: We know how we’re spending our afternoon. (via huffpo)

14:44 // 3 years ago
April 26, 2011
Today in wishful thinking.

Today in wishful thinking.

0:51 // 3 years ago