First Reactions to the Pulitzer Prize Winners

The highlights and lowlights of journalism's highest prize

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The Pulitzer prize picks are out as of 3:00 p.m. Monday. First reactions to the awarding of journalism's highest laurels:

  • A Couple of Firsts for the Web  Columbia Journalism Review live-tweets the awards, observing that "for 1st time online org[anization] has won for cartooning," while another first is that an "online journalism org[anization] has won for investigative reporting in collaboration with a print publication." They report that prize administrator Sig Gissler "says we'll see more joint awardees, like the NYTimes magazine and @propublica, as news organization collaboration increases."
  • The Post Cleans Up  "That clapping you hear," writes Gawker's Hamilton Nolan, " is coming mainly from DC; the Washington Post pulled in twice as many awards as the NYT."
  • The Kathleen Parker Pick  The award for commentary went to Kathleen Parker, which turns out to be a contentious choice. The National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez offers her a generous, if slightly stiff, congratulations: "I know many readers here frequently disagree with her. I do too! I know she has been unfair to conservatives--and the truth--at times. But she has also been open to us and it. She has a perch at the Washington Post that she has undeniably used to highlight issues and views that wouldn't otherwise get attention there." Jessica at Feministing has a starker take. She reminds readers that Parker thinks, among other things, "that women in the military should expect to be raped (because 'men resent women because they've been forced to pretend that women are equals')." Her reaction: "I think I need a drink."
  • To Sum Up "Pulitzer Prize disses National Enquirer, Iran, and health care, gives props to local news," writes Michael Roston at True/Slant.
  • Shadid's Prize 'Overdue,' says blogger Spencer Ackerman, commenting on Anthony Shadid's award for international reporting.
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