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Pulitzers Celebrate Journalism In An Uncertain World

pulitzer1.jpgToday, we headed all the way uptown to Columbia University for the annual presentation of the Pulitzer Prizes. We spied some bigwigs of New York media, like Bill Keller celebrating The New York Times‘ five award haul (“I feel pretty damn good,” he told FishbowlNY) and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize winner himself for his biography of Andrew Jackson, “American Lion.”

There were also some representatives from smaller press outlets, like Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y., who was awarded the Pulitzer for editorial writing.

Overall, the mood of the day was celebratory but somber (and the rainy weather didn’t help). Pulitzer Prize board co-chair, Anders Gyllenhaal (shown above), touched briefly on the sad state of traditional media today in his opening remarks and noted, although this was the first year that online-only publications could submit entries for Pulitzers, that he believed that online journalism still has a ways to go.

“Start-ups are not yet delivering the kind of probing, authoritative work that journalism’s service to the community should be about,” he said.

Read on for more insight from Keller, Meacham and Douglas Blackmon

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Newsweek Editor Profiled In Advance Of Relaunch

newsweek.pngNext Monday, Newsweek will reveal a new, reformatted, slicker version of itself. If you want a little hint as to what the new Newsweek will be like, you can check out the New York Observer‘s profile of editor Jon Meacham.

Profiler John Koblin gets a peek into the world of the Tennessee-born, Pulitzer Prize winner (Meacham won for his biography of Andrew Jackson, “American Lion”) who can rub elbows with celebrities but “doesn’t crave being in the in-crowd.”

The article is also worth a read for its insight into Newsweek‘s new look (hint: they use a new, pretty font):

“The new magazine is loaded with style. The magazine will be consolidated into four sections: Scope (formerly periscope) for news squibs in the front-of-the-book; The Take will be its section for columnists; Features (which is tagged “the first rough draft of history”); and “The Culture.” The back page will be called “The Back Page.” It’s stripped down. Instead of a screaming banner running across the cover, now it’s condensed and tighter, and the banner floats at the top of the magazine in a red box. The palettes are softer and more elegant. New fonts are used in the magazine, including Archer, a signature font of the most un-Newsweek of all magazines: Martha Stewart Living. Cerebral and direct, unsnarky and anti-ironic, with cool hues and fonts to match.

What Koblin doesn’t address is whether the new Newsweek — which “will essentially be a monthly that publishes every week” — will increase revenues for the magazine and do its part to save the dying newsweekly genre. However, he does mention that the book is planning to cut its rate base and its has “fallen deep into the red.”

We tend to agree with Koblin: “An experimental reinvention — a Hail Mary pass — is what the magazine needs to save itself.” What do you think?

LAT In 90 Seconds

ltuccillos.jpgHow to Be Successful: It seemed to us when He’s Just Not That Into You author Liz Tuccillo eschewed the chance to be a dating pundit that she was throwing away a shot at fame, fortune and permanent job security. Not so.

40100530-17171131.jpgNews to Her: The lede of Rachel Abramowitz‘s story today: “Here’s a news flash: The Rock is no more. It’s not even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson but merely Dwayne Johnson, plain vanilla, regular guy, would-be action-hero for the text-message set.” Um, Rachel. That hasn’t been news for, like, the better part of a year. Someone get this woman a subscription to Entertainment Weekly.

22136250-26152521.jpgSeriously? Tim Rutten says he thinks it would be a mistake to indict George Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes, saying trials “would be a profound — even tragic — mistake. Our political system works as smoothly as it does, in part, because we’ve never criminalized differences over policy. Since Andrew Jackson‘s time, our electoral victors celebrate by throwing the losers out of work — not into jail cells.” Interestingly, this paragraph comes nine graphs into a story that list many of the administration’s crimes.