Media News - Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The New York Times won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for its reporting on Africa and for an investigative series on loopholes that allow the wealthiest Americans and corporations to avoid paying taxes. In a sign of the changing media landscape, two primarily online news outlets, The Huffington Post and Politico, won their first Pulitzer Prizes. Also notable this year was the absence of prizes in two categories. The Pulitzer Prize Board at Columbia University in New York, which administers the awards, did not name a winner in the editorial writing category. More notably, the judges declined to name a winner for the highly coveted prize for fiction. The Philadelphia Inquirer, which like many regional newspapers has struggled lately with a decline in print advertising revenue and changes in ownership, won the award for public service, among the most prestigious in journalism. In 2009 the Pulitzers, now in their 96th year, expanded to include online-only news sites, and the awards to Politico and The Huffington Post reflect the emerging power of Web-based journalism as it competes with legacy newspapers. The two largest newspapers by Monday-to-Friday circulation in the United States — The Wall Street Journal and USA Today — did not win awards. (New York Times)
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