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Morning Media Newsfeed: Sony Hackers Make Demands | Pulitzer Prizes Expand Eligibility

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Sony Hackers Leak New Documents, Call for The Interview to Be Pulled (THR)
For the first time since Sony Pictures was hacked two weeks ago, the group behind the massive breach appears to making its demands known to the public. The group calling itself Guardians of Peace (GOP) posted the following message on Monday: “Stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War!” Variety GOP did not specifically identify the movie. Authorities have been investigating whether the hacker attack is in some way be connected to The Interview, the movie that has generated condemnation from the government of North Korea. The message from GOP said that they “have given our clear demand to the management team of Sony, however they have refused…You, SONY, & FBI, cannot find us.” WSJ / Digits Representatives for the studio have said Sony Pictures leaders have not received any demands from the hacking group. Further muddying the situation, the letter received on Monday also claimed that the hacking group was not responsible for a letter received by Sony Pictures employees Friday that threatened them and their families. “We know nothing about the threatening email received by Sony staffers, but you should wisely judge by yourself why such things are happening and who is responsible for it,” it said. Re/code North Korea has denied any connection with the devastating attack on the studio, but in a statement issued Sunday by the Korean Central News Agency, the country called the attack a “righteous deed.” Sony Pictures suffered one of the worst cyber attacks in recent memory after intruders claim to have made off with as much as 100 terabytes of internal information including salaries, social security numbers, passwords, sales plans and four unreleased feature films. THR Sony employees will be briefed by the FBI over the attack on the studio, Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton told staff in a memo. He also revealed the FBI had created an email address dedicated to the case, to which employees could send information. Lynton also announced there would be an all-hands meeting on Friday to discuss the issue.

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Pulitzer Prizes Expand Eligibility

PulitzerThe Pulitzer Prizes have opened their golden arms to magazines. The board announced that it will now allow entries from print and online magazines in the Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing categories.

“After a considered review and discussion, we are adopting these changes in a spirit of experimentation, rooted in a commitment to the enduring values of great journalism,” said Danielle Allen, chair of the Pulitzer board, in a statement. ”We have chosen to focus our evolution on investigative reporting because of its relevance to public life and feature writing because of its emphasis on literary merit.”

The Pulitzers have also changed their guidelines on partnerships. News organizations can now nominate partnering organizations, even if those organizations aren’t Pulitzer eligible. “We support efforts to use cross-media partnerships, new platforms and new tools to strengthen the cause of journalism,” added Allen.

Mike Pride Named Pulitzer Administrator

candidates_sigs_gatsasMike Pride, the former editor of New Hampshire’s Concord Monitor, has been named the Pulitzer Prizes’ new administrator. Pride joined the Pulitzer board in 1999 and served as its co-chair in 2008, his final year on the board.

During Pride’s tenure as editor of the Monitor, the paper won the New England Newspaper of the Year Award 19 times. It won a Pulitzer for feature photography as well.

“I am deeply honored to have been chosen as administrator,” Pride said, in a statement. “I will serve the Pulitzer Board in every way possible to carry out its mission of identifying and celebrating excellence in American journalism, arts and letters.”

Pride is succeeding Sig Gissler, who will retire August 1.

The Onion Now Just Two Webbys Short of a Pulitzer Melt

In 2011, via the NEWSIRE section, The Onion ran the following headline – “23 Webby Awards Melted Into One Pulitzer.” Was it wishful thinking or sly, spot-on presaging?

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We ask because The Onion is now just two short of this high-temperature, trade-up plateau. Per today’s announcement of 2014 Webby Award winners, the satirical site racked up record 20th and 21st honors from the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) for Social Content and Marketing/Humor and General Website/Humor.

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2014 Pulitzer Prizes Announced

PulitzerThere are awards — carpet salesman of the month! Best list of lists! — and then there are the Pulitzers. The Prizes celebrate the best of the best, and today we learned the latest recipients of journalism’s highest honor.

Below are the winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes in journalism. Congrats to all. And sorry about that carpet salesman dig.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Public Service:
The Guardian US
The Washington Post

Breaking News:
The Boston Globe

Investigative Reporting:
Chris Hamby, The Center for Public Integrity

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NYT Poaches Pulitzer Prize-Winning AP Reporter Matt Apuzzo

MattApuzzoAs is so often the case, Capital New York media reporter Joe Pompeo got the jump today on a major, simultaneous internal announcement by Associated Press and the New York Times. AP investigative star Matt Apuzzo – who, with Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley won a 2011 Pulitzer for exposing troublesome NYPD surveillance tactics – is leaving the wire service and will start at the paper in the new year.

Pompeo has embedded both announcements in full. We thought it would be fun to whittle these missives down to the nouns and adjectives principally used to describe this departing-arriving star:

AP memo: Whip-smart; intellectually aggressive; drive; discipline; good judgment; wisdom.

NYT memo: Gifted; natural collaborator.

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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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