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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.

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The Lost Art of Breaking News

When no Pulitzer was given for the “Breaking News” category this year, Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler indicated to Poynter that perhaps there was no winner because the few entries received for the category just weren’t good enough.

The odd thing is that news is now being broken faster than ever, via a variety of different means, in particular, Twitter. But Karen Dunlap argues for Poynter that the weakness today is not in quickly reporting breaking news, but in presenting facts to tell a cohesive story.

Journalists have more options than ever before in reporting tools, including video, the written word, slideshows, timelines, charts, audio and more. The question is: Do citizens consume a full and accurate report or just taste an array of interesting pieces?

This is a good time to consider what the array of digital tools mean to storytelling, especially during breaking news.

Given the choice between being the first to tweet out an important news item, versus taking some time to tell a story about it — and risking someone else tweeting out the same story first — more and more journalists opt to be the ones to get the first Tweet. But perhaps there is something lost in reducing everything to 140 characters — and not just the Pulitzer.

Online Writers Now Have Greater Shot Of Winning Pulitzer

pulitzer-prize.jpgGood news to all those Woodward and Bernstein bloggers: the Pulitzer Prize committee has now opened up the requirements for winning an award in journalism to make online reporters eligible for the prestigious honor.

Now “entries for journalism awards must be based on material coming from a text-based United States newspaper or news site that publishes at least weekly during the calendar year,” according to the revised Pulitzer rules. This change is a baby step from last year’s eligibility requirements, which read that nominees from online organizations could be considered, but they, like their print counterparts, had to be “primarily dedicated to original news reporting and coverage of ongoing events.”

Considering the varied and sometimes esoteric nature of online publications, the rules for this year consider the writer and their piece over the publication they work for, according to Sig Gissler of the Pulitzer Prize Committee. This is definitely a boon to all those investigative bloggers out there who don’t yet write for pubs like The Huffington Post.

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Sig Gissler On Pulitzers, Online Journalism: Prizes No Solution To ‘All the Problems Facing the Newspaper Industry’

sigGisslerpodcast.jpgYesterday, Pulitzer Prize administrator and Columbia School of Journalism professor Sig Gissler hosted a podcast on BlogTalkRadio discussing the “Pulitzer Prizes and the Changing Newspaper Landscape.” This was the first year that the Pulitzers recognized digital journalism and much of Gissler’s talk focused on this change. Ironically, given the focus on new media, the podcast was troubled by technical difficulties that interrupted part of the show.

Gissler says he was impressed with the quality of the work submitted to the Pulitzers from online news organizations, but he also said that, in his opinion, the best digital journalism still comes from traditional outlets:

“Interestingly, most of the material that was sent in by the online-only news organizations were tech text stories and most of the more advanced digital journalism is really being done by traditional newspapers. I think it’s because they’ve got more resources to do it. I’ve talked to some of the online-only news organizations and they say one of their challenges is that they have very small staffs and they have to feed that beast every day. You know, getting those stories posted cuts down on their ability to do audio slideshows and interactive graphics and things like that.”

Newspapers may be doing great work online, but we wonder whether that’s good news given the dire economic situation in print media. This year, The New York Times won an impressive five Pulitzers, but the news of the prizes came out on the same day as their disastrous Q1 earnings report. We asked Gissler if he thought the financial problems plaguing outlets that traditionally dominate the Pulitzers makes the prizes less relevant than they’ve been in the past. His response?

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