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ABC News Asking Center for Public Integrity to Share Pulitzer Prize (TVNewser)
ABC News is calling on the Center for Public Integrity to share its Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby, taking issue with CPI’s Pulitzer submission that depicts ABC News as a minor partner in a year-long coal-mining industry investigation instead of equal partners. HuffPost Network president Ben Sherwood sent a four-page letter to CPI’s executive director Bill Buzenberg affirming that ABC News was CPI’s partner in the investigation. He argued that reporters Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk made “significant contributions” without which CPI would not have won the Pulitzer. He added that while the prizes are only awarded to print organizations, he hoped the Pulitzer committee would recognize Ross and Mosk. Mediaite In the letter, Sherwood said Buzenberg “omitted the names of ABC News reporters and sought to parse and diminish their contributions, even though their bylines appropriately appear on four of the eight articles submitted by the Center to the committee.” Poynter In response, Buzenberg provided a point-by-point rebuttal saying CPI reporter Chris Hamby was the engine behind the story for months before ABC entered the investigation and in long stretches when ABC was working on other things. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CPI and ABC News have shared recognition for the black lung benefits story in the past. In March, the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded to Chris Hamby, Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees of CPI and Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz of ABC News. Next month, the White House Correspondents’ Association will honor “The Center for Public Integrity, in partnership with ABC News.” On Wednesday, they received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Television news organizations are excluded from the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor newspaper and digital reporting.

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HuffPo Investigative Fund Partners Up With The Center For Public Integrity

When the calendar turns over into the new year, The Huffington Post Investigative Fund will merge with The Center for Public Integrity to establish one of the nation’s largest investigative newsrooms.  On Jan. 1, 2011, the two organizations will combine their staffs, raising the total number of journalists at the Center for Public Integrity to over 50. 

According to HuffPo’s press release, the partnership will form a well-rounded editorial team of “award-winning journalists, computer-aided reporting experts, and digital media producers.”  HuffPo’s editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington revealed her motives for the merger:

“When we launched the Huffington Post Investigative Fund a year and a half ago, we set out to build a hybrid model for the future of investigative journalism – aligning a nonprofit journalism center with a large publishing platform. It exceeds all our expectations that we are so quickly able to scale up our small investigative fund by merging with a powerhouse like the Center.  Too often, important stories are only covered after things go bad, as happened with the war in Iraq and the economic crisis.  We need more stories uncovered before disaster strikes.  I believe this partnership will help with this great project of uncovering.”

In addition to providing funding for this project, The Huffington Post has agreed to publish up to three of the Center’s stories each day.  These posts will be found in a section on the site designated for investigative reporting. 

HuffPo’s Investigative Fund employees joining The Center for Public Integrity include: Editor Keith Epstein, Executive Director Nick Penniman, and reporters Ben Protess, David Heath, Fred Schulte, Emma Schwartz, and health care analyst Wendell Potter.