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Pulitzer Prizes Announced (CJR / The Kicker)
Columbia University announced the winners of the 97th annual Pulitzer Prizes on Monday afternoon. Big winners included: the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which won the prize for public service reporting for its investigation of police officers who drive recklessly while off duty; the Denver Post, which won for breaking news reporting for its coverage of the movie theater shooting in Aurora; and David Barstow and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab of The New York Times, who won for investigative reporting for their piece on Walmart's use of bribery in Mexico. FishbowlNY This year saw another newcomer to the Pulitzer Prize circles. InsideClimate News -- a non-profit, Brooklyn-based site devoted to environmental reporting -- won the Pulitzer for National Reporting, beating out the Boston Globe and The Washington Post. Reporters Lisa Song, Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemyer won for "their rigorous reports on flawed regulation of the nation's oil pipelines, focusing on potential ecological dangers posed by diluted bitumen (or 'dilbit'), a controversial form of oil." GalleyCat After no Pulitzer Prize for fiction winner last year, the Pulitzer jury picked The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson for the fiction prize in 2013. FishbowlDC The Washington Post's Philip Kennicott won "for his eloquent and passionate essays on art and the social forces that underlie it, a critic who always strives to make his topics and targets relevant to readers." WWD / Memo Pad In the six years Rupert Murdoch's owned it, The Wall Street Journal has changed a great deal -- some would argue for the best, others for the worst. But the one group that appears to still be unmoved by Murdoch's Journal is the Pulitzer board. It has not awarded the paper a single prize for its reporting since 2007, the year Murdoch bought the Journal, choosing instead to commend its editorial page, most recently in 2011.

Boston Explosions: Twitter Acts As Journalism's Ombudsman (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
When tragedy strikes America, Twitter remembers bad reporting. As if the media needed any reminder not to jump to conclusions about what was happening on the ground in Boston, Twitter came to the rescue, with numerous folks pleading for caution. The platform that's most effective at churning out breaking news has become a place that preaches caution in breaking-news scenarios. Just in case editors and reporters need any reminders. io9 Within seconds after a bomb detonated during the Boston Marathon Monday morning, pictures, video and news of the horrific event were pulsing over social networks. And they weren't exaggerations or FUD -- these reports from people on the ground were the way most of us learned the truth. AllFacebook Shortly after the explosions, Facebook users started sharing photos from the scene, as well as prayers and well wishes for those killed or injured in the blasts. Many other people in Boston started using social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to tell family and friends that they were safe. FishbowlNY Nearly two hours after bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon's finish line killed at least two and injured up to 100, the New York Post reported that authorities were guarding a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian national. But Boston police would not confirm there was a suspect identified at all. The report, citing unnamed sources, said the suspect was under guard at an undisclosed Boston hospital. Fox News reported that the suspect was severely burned. The tabloid's supposed scoop was picked up by numerous sites, including Breitbart.com, TheBlaze and PolicyMic. Poynter / MediaWire BostonGlobe.com will be available to nonsubscribers as the news organization continues to cover the explosions in Boston, Globe spokesperson Ellen Clegg said by phone. Boston.com, the Globe's free site, will also drop the automatic registration requests readers get after they hit a certain number of pages. The New York Times' pay gate is suspended, too, Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy says. HuffPost / The Backstory When New York Times reporter John Eligon got out of the shower on Monday afternoon, he saw a text message from a friend asking if he was OK. Eligon had just returned to his hotel after running the Boston Marathon, so the question wasn't out of the ordinary. Eligon was a bit sore, but otherwise, felt alright. FishbowlNY Nicholas Kristof apologized on Monday night for a "low blow" after bashing Senate Republicans in a tweet after the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line. Bloomberg / Jeffrey Goldberg Part of talking for a living is knowing when to shut up. It is obviously true that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives needs a director. It might even be true that Republicans could try a lot harder to put a director in place. But after an explosion about which we know almost nothing, and in the face of sudden, violent death at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, this is not the time to guess about the perpetrators or to recommend policy fixes that would prevent such attacks from taking place. SocialTimes Google has employed its Person Finder tool to help people locate family and friends who may have been hurt in the explosions that occurred Monday. Users can search for or report the whereabouts of a missing person by filling out an online form. All of the information is crowdsourced and is not verified by Google.

Facebook Seeks Seven-Figure Price Tag for Summer Debut of Video Ads (Ad Age / Digital)
Facebook is hoping that its hotly anticipated video-ad units can be a more-than-$4-million daily business out of the gate -- if its asking price is met.

Comcast Confirms: Yes, We're Encrypting Basic Cable Now (GigaOM)
Comcast customers, get ready for yet another TV transition: The cable provider has started to alert its customers in some markets that it is about to encrypt their basic cable signals, forcing them to order a digital adapter if they want to continue to receive basic programming through the service.

Departures Launches Home + Design Spinoff (Adweek)
Further evidence of the strength of luxury advertising in an otherwise slumping ad market, Departures this month is launching Home + Design, a one-off issue that will be delivered to half a million subscribers -- otherwise known as American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders -- with their Culture Issue.

Texas Tribune Scores $1.5 Million Knight Foundation Grant (Forbes / Mixed Media)
There's not a lot of good news about the economics of serious public-interest journalism these days, so pay attention, because this is pretty good. The Knight Foundation is giving a $1.5 million grant to the Texas Tribune, a four-year-old news startup based in Austin.

Twitter Reportedly in Talks With Viacom and NBCUniversal for Content-Sharing Deal (TechCrunch)
Twitter is nearing an agreement with Viacom to host TV clips and sell advertising on the site, reports Bloomberg. It is also reportedly discussing a content partnership with Comcast's NBCUniversal, and one or more of the deals could be reached by mid-May.

Christiane Amanpour to Receive First-Ever Anthony Shadid Award (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will be honored this week with the Arab American Institute Foundation's first-ever Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism, named for the New York Times correspondent who lost his life last year in Syria.

Kobo Launches $169 'Porsche of E-Readers' for Power Users (paidContent)
Kobo is launching a higher-end e-reader, the $169 Aura HD, aimed at users who read several eBooks a week. While the Aura is more expensive than the competition, Kobo says its market research supports customers' desire for such a device.

San Jose Mercury News Is Selling Its Headquarters (JimRomenesko.com)
San Jose Mercury News is putting its headquarters on the block. "Our current campus, built in 1965 and consisting of a 312,000 square foot main building and a 12,000-square-foot garage on 35.68 acres, exceeds our current needs and the site, of course, has considerable value in the commercial real estate market," says publisher Mac Tully's memo to employees.

Al Jazeera Hires Ed Pound for U.S. Channel (WSJ)
Al Jazeera has tapped veteran investigative journalist Ed Pound to lead the 16-person investigative unit at its new American cable channel, Al Jazeera America, the company said Monday.

The New York Post: The Game Is Up for Murdoch's Plaything (The Guardian / Michael Wolff)
The power vacuum in New York City that will be left by Michael Bloomberg's departure from public office will likely be compounded by another unfillable hole: the loss of the New York Post.

Simon & Schuster Opens Library eBook Program; Patrons Can Buy Through Library (GalleyCat)
For the next year, Simon & Schuster will test a pilot eBook program with the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library. In an interesting twist on the traditional model, patrons can buy books through the library online and the library will receive a portion of the sale.

Hyperlocal Startup Street Fight Owns the Block, Hits Profitability on Second Anniversary (Upstart Business Journal)
Two years ago, Laura Rich and David Hirschman founded an online news and interview site called Street Fight to cover companies in the burgeoning "hyperlocal" space, including media, retail, and location-based technology startups. Now, they've reached profitability, but are in a whole new landscape.

Former Advisor Says Only Paper President Obama Reads Is The New York Times (FishbowlNY)
In a New Republic piece titled "Get Rich or Deny Trying," a former advisor to President Obama is quoted saying "There's only one paper the president reads, that's The New York Times." Now before all you haters (Mitt, you're turning red man, try breathing) blast Big O, let's think this through.

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