Daily Archives: April 16, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer (photo credit: Michael Bryant)
Denver Post (Aaron Ontiveroz)
Tuscaloosa News (Robert Sutton)
Chicago Tribune (Nancy Stone)
Patriot-News (Christine Baker)
Seattle Times (Ellen M. Banner)

* The Pulitzer prizes and links the winning news organizations’ stories about the awards.

– Public Service: Philadelphia Inquirer |
– Breaking News Reporting: Tuscaloosa News | Story
– Investigative Reporting: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Chris Hawley and Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | Story || Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong, Seattle Times | Story
– Explanatory Reporting: David Kocieniewski, New York Times | Links
– Local Reporting: Sarah Ganim, Patriot-News | Story
– National Reporting: David Wood, Huffington Post | Story
– International Reporting: Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times | Links
– Feature Writing: Eli Sanders, The Stranger | Story
– Commentary: Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune | Story
– Criticism: Wesley Morris, Boston Globe | Story
– Editorial Writing: No award
– Editorial Cartooning: Matt Wuerker, Politico | Story
– Breaking News Photography: Massoud Hossaini, Agence France-Presse
– Feature Photography: Craig F. Walker, Denver Post | Story

The winners and finalists listings at

The Wall Street Journal is shut out — again! (The Washington Post didn’t win a prize, either.) So much for winning news orgs getting tipped off: Seattle Stranger says it learned about its writer’s prize via the Pulitzer website.

UPDATE: A Washington Post spokesperson says the paper doesn’t comment on personnel matters, but sources there confirm that Elizabeth Flock has resigned. (DC Porcupine: “More than a case of a missing hat tip.”)


Back in December, Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton pointed out that “the Post used uncharacteristically strong language in correcting an error-filled blog post [by Elizabeth Flock] published Tuesday, which mistakenly reported that Mitt Romney was using in speeches the phrase “Keep America American,” which was once used by the Ku Klux Klan.”

Flock had another editor’s note attached to one of her posts on Friday the 13th. I’ve left messages for the Post’s spokeswoman and ombudsman to confirm a report about Flock’s employment status.

(Credit: @Tweeting_Keith)

From “The 404” podcast host Jeff Bakalar’s rant last Wednesday:

If you’ve tweeted that you didn’t know the Titanic was a real disaster, well you should be kicked off Twitter. It’s almost trendy to be an idiot: I’m so adorkable! …I guess James Cameron neglected to put ‘Based on a true story’ in the beginning of the credits. Holy God, I’m sorry, they shouldn’t kicked off Twitter — they should just be put in jail. Let’s just put them in jail before they grow up to commit crimes, because no one that stupid will be able to get through life just on honor.

How some of the people who tweeted their ignorance about the Titanic reacted to the above graphic going viral last week:

@charlibobsss (“I fancy Zac Efron so so much”) writes in three tweets: “For everyone saying what an idiot I am I’d like to ‘educate’ you all in saying I learnt of the titanic from watching a documentary of it, therefore I am not ‘ignorant’ in any way, shape or form :-) at the age of 16 it’s not essential to know history like that, I’ve never seen the films either so it really isn’t too much of a problem yep.”

@lizamagang tweeted: “Got in the tosh.O blog for my titanic tweet. #embarrassing.”

@iSophloveBieber tweeted: “Im glad im not the only who was shocked about the Titanic being real. Articles getting written and everything. omg.”

@Jess_McBride (“I work in an ice cream parlour”) tells one of her critics that “just because i didnt know that doesnt mean im thick.” She later tweeted: “Just realised ive been walking around with a pen between my boobs for the last hour.”

It appears that the others simply closed their accounts in shame.

* John Robinson: They didn’t know the Titanic was a real event? So what?

Emily Steel points out that all bylines on today’s Wall Street Journal front page are women.

* China Loosens Grip on Yuan by LingLing Wei
* GM’s Mr. Fix-It Tackles Opel Mess by Sharon Terlep
* Biggest Lawyers Grab Fee Bounty by Jennifer Smith
* Elephants Now Think Twice About Free Snacks in Tanzania by Angela Henshall

Credit: @emilysteel

Credit: @dudamelzer

New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. spoke today at Digital Media Europe 2012. Here’s what he said, according to tweets from the conference:

* “We don’t know”. @nytimes’ Sulzberger’s honest answer to the question “Will print ever disappear?” (@twipemobile)
* Sulzberger at #dme12. Print remains very strong, very viable. (@NYTEileen)
* We must remind ourselves everyday to put our citizens and our customers at the center of everything we do. (@nyteileen)
* Trust with readers was repaired because we owned and fixed our problems quickly. re: plagiarism and WMD incidents. (@GarrettGoodman)
* Arthur Sulzberger lays out four key investment areas for @nytimes – mobile, social, global video. (@NYTEileen)
* We are considering mobile at the outset of our coverage, rather than something that is just downstream from the web, Sulzberger says. (@DigitalMediaEurope)
* We need to start a conversation about what success in social media is doing to our business – Sulzberger at #dme12 (@IHTComms)

-- Chicago Reader, April 13

A food porn magazine is debuting in Chicago today?

Don’t get too excited, smut-lovers! Who’s Hungry? is actually a food photography publication. The Chicago Reader’s Mike Sula tells Romenesko readers: “I was trying to be cute, by conflating the two vernaculars: ‘food porn’ and ‘porno mag,’ since I don’t believe anything like Who’s Hungry? exists (in the print world, at least).”

* Read the debut issue of Who’s Hungry? magazine

A Romenesko tipster forwards an email from the editor of the Long Beach Beachcomber, and advises us to “check out the #2 reason why the paper might send a reporter/photographer to a staged event.”

Here it is, from Beachcomber editor Jeff Beeler:

We seldom send reporters and/or photographers to staged events unless (1) it is very, very newsworthy or (2) you are an advertiser in our newspaper and contribute to the expense of those reporters and photographers.

I’ve asked Beeler about his paper’s policy of favoring advertisers in news columns and will post his response when/if it comes in.

Read his email after the jump. Read More

The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication has announced the winners of the 2012 Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism. They are:

* The Yancey County News in Burnsville, N.C., for its “classic public interest journalism at great personal and economic risk.” Last month, the year-old paper won won the E.W. Scripps Award for “Distinguished Service to the First Amendment” for a series of stories that documented widespread abuses in the use of absentee ballots in Yancey County.
* Freelance journalists Matthew LaPlante and Rick Egan for their efforts to document the ritual killing of “cursed” children in Ethiopia’s South Omo River Valley.
* Winners of 2012 Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism named