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2014 Pulitzer Prizes Announced (FishbowlNY)
The Pulitzer Prizes celebrate the best of the best, and Monday we learned the latest recipients of journalism’s highest honor. TVNewser The Washington Post and the U.S. edition of The Guardian have won the award. They will share the Public Service award for their series of stories on NSA surveillance, as revealed by Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor who gave the top-secret information to the news organizations. The Pulitzer committee said the journalism was “marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.” Politico Snowden immediately declared the decision “a vindication.” The reporting on the former government contractor’s leaks was led by journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewan McAskill at The Guardian, Barton Gellman at the Post, and Laura Poitras, who worked with both newspapers. NYT The Boston Globe won the breaking news prize for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and wounded at least 260. The Post won a second award, for explanatory journalism. Eli Saslow, 31, a staff writer, won for a series of articles on American families that rely on the federal food stamp program. GalleyCat Author Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book The Goldfinch. The novel about an orphan also won Amazon’s Best Books of the Month “Spotlight Pick” in October 2013 and was shortlisted for 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Mark Zuckerberg Beats Out Julian Assange for Time‘s ‘Person of the Year’

So Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is Time‘s “Person of the Year“, huh? Let’s be honest: Zuckerberg was the “Person of the Year” because Hollywood made a cool, largely fictional film about him. Facebook hasn’t changed much since 2009. And as powerful and important as Facebook has become, its growth in the past year is nowhere near as interesting or important as what WikiLeaks has accomplished over the same time.

Julian Assange was, however, a “runner-up” to Zuckerberg. Here’s how Time’s Barton Gellman describes the man:

[A] great deal can be said about Assange, much of it unpleasant. He is inclined to the grandiose. Contempt for nearly every authority drives his work, and unguarded e-mails — leaked, naturally — reveal hopes that transparency will bring “total annihilation of the current U.S. regime.” In London, he is fighting extradition to face allegations in Sweden that he sexually assaulted two WikiLeaks supporters.

Pulitzer Journo Barton Gellman Joins Time

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TIME magazine has hired two-time Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post journalist Barton Gellman as both the new editor at large and columnist for a new feature called “Counterspy.” Before TIME, Gellman spent two decades at the Post, where he covered topics ranging from the Gulf War to the AIDS epidemic. In addition to working on Counterspy — which will focus on privacy in the digital age — Gellman will be working in conjunction with NYU Law School, where he has been appointed senior research fellow and will oversee a new journalism program.

Memo from TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel below.

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More on Angler: Barton Gellman has been getting great traction for his book, Angler, about Dick Cheney‘s vice presidency. And for good reason. As Tim Rutten quotes in his positive review: “In Cheney’s estimation, a president’s authority was close to absolute within his rightful sphere.”

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O.J. And The Media. 2gether 4ever: Rutten has a decidedly less glowing review of how the media have fared since the first O.J. Simpson trial and the way they are conducting themselves now. “There’s nothing to be said about TMZ other than the fact that the people who run it are the informational equivalent of pimps and panderers. But what to make of Entertainment Tonight, which has a reasonable reputation, and of ABC News?”

42534645-23195046.gifGoogle Me Sometime: Google Inc. showed off G1, its iPhone rival, “a mass-market device with a sharp touch screen and slide-out keyboard that brings the experience of mobile Web surfing closer to that of a personal computer.”