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ProPublica Wins First Digital Only Pulitzer

While all the Pulitzer winners deserve recognition, FishbowlNY wanted to highlight, which won the first Pulitzer awarded for a series that didn’t originate in print. Read that sentence again, because this is huge news.

As we just mentioned in the last post, ProPublica writers Jake Bernstein and Jesse Eisinger won the Pulitzer for National Reporting  for their look at how some Wall Street banks and hedge funds made the financial crisis worse. The fact that their pieces never appeared in print means that digital only publications are breaking new ground and getting respected like never before.

From all digital pubs to ProPublica, Bernstein and Eisinger – thanks for kicking the door down.

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New York Times, Wall Street Journal Win Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism

The Pulitzer Prize winners in journalism were announced today, and despite the crashing Pulitzer website, FishbowlNY managed to secure the entire list!

Among New York newspapers, the New York Times won in two categories, “Commentary,” and “International Reporting,” with Clifford J. Levy winning his second Pulitzer. The Wall Street Journal won for “Editorial Writing.”

Another highlight is that for the first time in history, ProPublica was awarded a Pulitzer for a group of stories that never appeared in print.

More commentary is sure to follow, but for now, here is the complete list of winners in journalism:


ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger To Contribute To The New York Times‘ Revamped DealBook

ProPublica senior reporter Jesse Eisinger will begin contributing a bi-weekly column to The New York Times’ DealBook in addition to the investigative reporting he does for ProPublica. His new column will focus on “accountability issues and abuses of power in the world of high finance,” and will also be cross-posted on ProPublica.

Two other contributors to the new, revamped DealBreak are Steven Davidoff, a professor and former corporate lawyer who will cover the legal aspects of mergers, private equity and corporate governance, and Peter Henning, who writes the “White Collar Watch” column, which covers securities law and white-collar crime.

The New York Times highlighted the new features readers can expect from DealBook:

  • In print, a DealBook page will now appear Tuesday through Friday in The Times, and the International Herald Tribune will also feature DealBook content on those days.
  • The DealBook site,, will be redesigned with a new look and feel and offer continuous news updates, detailed company data and multimedia offerings.
  • DealBook will introduce a redesigned e-mail newsletter on weekday mornings and will add a new edition delivered after each day’s market close.
  • A daily DealBook video will cover the latest news and what it means across industries.
  • A redesigned mobile WAP site and — coming soon — a DealBook news reader application for BlackBerry devices will allow readers to get the latest news.

Another Portfolio Veteran Finds A Home

portfolio.pngJesse Eisinger, the Wall Street editor of now-defunct Portfolio has happily landed on his feet. Starting next month, Eisinger will join nonprofit investigative outfit ProPublica‘s newsroom as senior reporter.

Before joining Portfolio, Eisinger worked at The Wall Street Journal where he founded two columns about the stock market: “Long & Short,” which ran weekly, and the daily “Ahead of the Tape.” While at the Condé Nast magazine, which folded in May, Eisinger wrote the November 2007 cover story “Wall Street Requiem,” which predicted the downfall of doomed investment banks Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers months before their implosions.

Eisinger has also worked at and Dow Jones. Full release after the jump.

Earlier: Blogger Moving On

Related: What’s Next In Citizen Journalis: 4 Questions For ProPublica’s Amanda Michel

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Portfolio Mag’s Madoff Breakfast

Kudos to Portfolio magazine for this morning’s thought-provoking panel about Bernie Madoff. Panelists: Elie Wiesel (pr. Eely Vee-zel), a prominent author and founder of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, which lost money to Madoff; Harvey Pitt, ceo of Kalorama Partners and former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); and Jim Chanos, President and founder of Kynikos Associates, a well-known short-seller. Portfolio Editor in Chief Joanne Lipman moderated. The conversation ranged from heart-felt to thought-provoking to vengeful. I Twittered it at

Some of the questions raised: What is Affinity fraud? Why was there such a lack of accountability on the part of the SEC? Did Madoff have accomplices? Will the high-stakes banker-types at Lehman and Merrill be accused of criminal behavior? How can we trust that it was a $50b fraud when that number was what Madoff himself reported?

The best answer was given when someone in the audience asked Wiesel (who lost tens of millions of dollars to Madoff): “Could you ever forgive him?”

Wiesel repeats the question: “Forgive?” as if to consider it. Then, after a looooong pause, retorts “No!….He’d have to ask for forgiveness and he wouldn’t do that.”

A bit later, I’ll post some video. In the meantime, hit the “continued” link to find out more about what was said (and what went noticeably unsaid) about the Madoff Fraud…

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Conde Nast Portfolio’s Breakfast Panel


This morning, Conde Nast Portfolio magazine hosted a swank Panel/Breakfast at the 21 Club. The topic: The Market’s Future: What’s Next for the Economy. Speakers: John Cassidy, Contributing Editor, Matt Cooper, Washington Editor, Jesse Eisinger, Senior Writer. Editor in Chief, Joanne Lipman moderated.

Attendees included: Mort Zuckerman, Peggy Siegal, Rick Lazio, Felicia Taylor, Richard Edelman, Harold Burstein, Bob Scully, Jonathan Dahl, Jonathan Wald . Noticeably absent Jon Fine, of Business Week (wink: my husband).

I twittered the event. For my transcript, click continue. Follow me on Twitter at…

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Chambermaid Book Party

bookcover_small.jpg Does a successful book party equal book sales success? If so, then Saira Rao‘s first novel, Chambermaid, is headed for stratospheric heights. The party was a rager, with over 200 people in attendance. Held in a Fifth Avenue Park-facing apartment, it was a delightful if homogeneous mash-up of well-heeled lawyers, bankers, media — and one actor:

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