Daily Archives: April 16, 2014

Winners of the University of Oregon’s 2014 Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism are:
* Michael Phillips of the Wall Street Journal for “The Lobotomy Files,” a report on the estimated 2,000 World War II veterans lobotomized by the Veterans Administration.

* University of Alabama Crimson White editors for “The Final Barrier,” which exposed examining segregation in Greek life segregation..

* Reuters was honored for publishing “Assets of the Ayatollah”, even after being warned that running the series might hurt its attempts to reopen its Tehran bureau.

Read the press release after the jump. Read More


Natalie Ravitz, Rupert Murdoch’s chief of staff, tweets: “Amazing visit to @Framestore in Soho today with @rupertmurdoch [News Corp. CTO] @paulcheesbrough and Joel Klein.”

Chris Hamby won the investigative reporting Pulitzer on Monday for his Center for Public Integrityhamby “Breathless and Burdened” probe.

Today he announced he’s leaving CPI and joining BuzzFeed’s investigative team.

“I’m thrilled to be joining a powerhouse team that will combine the time-honored rigors of investigative journalism with the creativity, technological prowess and reach of BuzzFeed,” he says. “I view Buzzfeed’s commitment to hard-hitting, fair and compelling reporting as a tremendous sign for the future of journalism.”

BuzzFeed says:

We didn’t want to and aren’t trying to steal any of the limelight. We’re just incredibly proud of Chris for the prize, and most of all for the impact his work had in the lives of coal miners facing black lung.

* Chris Hamby joins BuzzFeed, Pulitzer in hand (
* CPI blasts ABC News for trying to grab part of Hamby’s prize (


I’ve invited WTIC and Angela Dias to respond to Owens’ post. Thursday update: No word from them.

* Read the comments on Owens’ Facebook post (
* Moose falls into well | Father admits he hurt infant (

The Philadelphia Inquirer won a Pulitzer on Monday for architecture criticism – a beat that one of the paper’s owners wants eliminated, according to two Inquirer sources.

Twice in late 2012, I’m told, George Norcross criticized Inga Saffron – she won the paper’s Pulitzer this week – for not being a Philadelphia booster. He told an Inquirer journalist that “she brings down every major building in the city” in her reviews, one of my sources reports.
“Who needs an architecture critic?” Norcross reportedly said. I’m told that she was among the columnists that the newspaper co-owner wanted reassigned to reporting duties.

Norcross spokesman Daniel Fee tells me: “I guarantee you no one has spoken to George Norcross about Inga Saffron. George is happy that Inga’s work was recognized, and believes it was well deserved.

“Anonymous statements are worthless. If someone wants to attach their name to it, along with the details of when they assert these conversations occurred, I’d be really interested in knowing it – because then we’d know who is willing to make things up out of whole cloth.”

Saffron has heard that Norcross isn’t a fan, “but honestly I have no way of knowing if it’s true,” she says.

Her columns are posted on – Norcross’s daughter, Lexie, is digital operations director – along with news stories and aren’t marked as architecture criticism.

“I think that policy is a huge mistake,” Saffron tells me. “Columnists are a brand that helps attract eyeballs. We should be doing everything we can trade on their identities.”

She adds in an email:

The title “architecture critic” is an old one that doesn’t reflect the breadth of what we do today. We’re really city critics and this is a time of profound change for American cities. We’re seeing quite a few big cities like Philadelphia rebound from years of depopulation and disinvestment, while others like Detroit struggle to find their footing. Pulitzer awards can’t help but tap into trends, so I think it’s no accident that both my work and [Detroit Free Press editorial page editor] Stephen Henderson’s were cited this year.

* Three-time finalist Saffron was surprised by her Pulitzer win (
* Saffron’s on Philadelphia magazine’s “most powerful” list (

breaking* “Tell me exactly how this is breaking news, CNN?” (@WillMcAvoyACN)
* Earlier: Meet the people who didn’t know the Titanic disaster was a real historic event. (
* Aaron Kushner‘s Los Angeles Register debuts. (
* John Henry‘s apparently an okay newspaper owner. (“While he has not yet raised pay, in January he absorbed a 6 percent increase in health costs that would have otherwise gone to [Boston Globe] employees.”) (
* Diane Sawyer‘s newscast tops Brian Williams‘ in the 25-54 demo for one week; “NBC Nightly News” is #1 in total viewers, though. (
* SPJ announces the winners of its Sigma Delta Chi Awards, including the Boston Globe for reporting under deadline. (
* Pulitzer judges snub sportswriters – again. (
* Why didn’t the New York Times’ Dasani piece win a Pulitzer? (
* The 35 most powerful people in New York media, according to Hollywood Reporter. ( | The list.
* Google eliminates “How to become a drug dealer” and 1,200 other predicted search phrases. (
* College newspaper publishers are advised to stick with print. (
* Marty Baron talks to NPR about the Washington Post’s two Pulitzers. (
* Amanda Kludt is promoted to editor-in-chief at Vox Media’s Eater. (