Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Old and New Media Pulitzer Winners Highlight Changing Face of Journalism

Top prizes in journalism were shared amongst a brand new model of nonprofit news production that places investigative articles in major publications; a cartoonist who transitioned from print illustrations to 45 second flash animations; a middling paper in a small market mixing old and new, and a traditional major market paper about to be swallowed by debt and handed to creditors.

Applause erupted in the New York Times newsroom today as the Times shared one of the two Pulitzer Prizes for Investigative Journalism, but the real honor belonged to Sheri Fink of ProPublica. Fink's article ran simultaneously as a New York Times Magazine cover-story as well as on the ProPublica website. The piece exhaustively laid out the decisions doctors made to save, or possibly end lives in a New Orleans hospital as the city flooded after Katrina.

ProPublica is a non-profit news organization that promotes a new model of funding investigative pieces that many newsrooms find too expensive with their rapidly declining profits. They work with traditional news sources to place the stories, supplementing the newsroom and providing greater exposure for the work than ProPublica would achieve on its website.

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