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First Ever Pulitzer For Non-Print Series

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the take-a-lesson-rupert dept.

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decora writes "Last year ProPublica won the first Pulitzer for an online news site. This year, they have been awarded the first Pulitzer for a series that did not appear in print. The series was Eisinger and Bernstein's 'The Wall Street Money Machine,' which described how hedge funds and financiers profited from the collapse of the economy. ProPublica publishes under a Creative Commons license and hosts a Nerd Blog where they write about journalism-related hacking and publish open source tools they have developed."

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BIN LADEN IS A BIN BURIED !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36006858)

That's the end of that !!

Re:BIN LADEN IS A BIN BURIED !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36007014)

That's the end of that !!

yeah we'll all just pretend like the lack of a kidney dialysis machine didn't already kill him years ago. oh how convenient it was that he was immediately buried at sea too. sorta like the way oswald never made it to a court-room. they shot him even though he was unarmed because he straight up said "i didn't shoot anyone, i'm a patsy" and well they sure as hell wouldn't want to have to prove he did it what with all that messy forensic evidence and 56 witnesses who saw a shooter in the grassy knoll and two different caliber bullets from one gun etc...

and you are all so stupid you believe whatever shit the government says even when it doesn't add up. so just how does a skyscraper collapse faster than a free-fall in a vacuum and just what made building 7 collapse even though no plane hit it, even tho skyscrapers like those have been hit by planes and didn't collapse, even tho skyscrapers like that have had fires for days with no collapse but wtc collapsed after hours, even tho the towers had all the characteristics of a controlled demolition. just keep believing the shit guys. that's the patriotic thing to do. there'd be nothing more unamerican than questioning authority right?

Re:BIN LADEN IS A BIN BURIED !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36007052)

Faster way to hell taking the Davey Jones Locker Express, and besides, ask the pope and he'll will tell you all muslims go to hell, it's just that we don't want this one any where on gods green earth and if we had a space coffin for the guy, we'd put him in that and shoot him into the sun.

Frontline (5, Interesting)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 2 years ago | (#36006882)

Aren't they part of many of the Frontline episodes?

Good for them. From what I've seen, they do a fine job of remaining unbiased about issues which 99% of the people I've ever met in my life get petty and insulting about.

If civil discourse is a lost art, Pro Publica is... I dunno... some kind of lost artist.

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Right now, somewhere in the vast sea... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36006898)

a barracuda just shat out Bin Laden's face.

Re:Right now, somewhere in the vast sea... (-1, Offtopic)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 2 years ago | (#36007018)

a barracuda just shat out Bin Laden's face.

You've never interacted with barracudas.

I was stationed at Homestead AFB before it was wiped off the map by a hurricane. I've been snorkeling in the Keys...

More likely, if there barracuda in the Arabian Sea, they *ATE HIS FACE*.

Gavin the carnivorous sea life in war waters, my guess is that Osama is no longer even a corpse.

Re:Right now, somewhere in the vast sea... (-1, Offtopic)

Danse (1026) | more than 2 years ago | (#36007036)

More likely, if there barracuda in the Arabian Sea, they *ATE HIS FACE*.

I think that's the implied precursor step to his face being shat out by said barracuda.

The Rise of Non-Profit News (5, Interesting)

loteck (533317) | more than 2 years ago | (#36006900)

The non-profit, online-only journalism model is being tested out across the country to some notable success. Granted, the orgs tend to partner with print and TV media to get their stories a wider audience (like ProPublica has done with the NYT, NPR and FrontLine), but the non-profit membership model of news gathering (like your local NPR affiliate or like ProPublica) is gaining steam.

Freedom of the press doesn't guarantee quality, which is what I think we all want. Put your money where your eyeballs are and throw a few bucks at ProPublica [propublica.org] if you admire their work.

I don't work for them, btw... just a fan.

Vice TV should have got the Pulitzer (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | more than 2 years ago | (#36007042)

For going to that whore house in Monrovia, Liberia with a camera.

The interviews with Gen Buck Naked were classic as well.

Not to mention N. Korea.

Re:The Rise of Non-Profit News (4, Interesting)

schnell (163007) | more than 2 years ago | (#36007184)

The non-profit, online-only journalism model is being tested out across the country to some notable success.

You are right, and Pro Publica is a great exemplar of investigative journalism done right in the service of its audience.They collaborated with This American Life [thisamericanlife.org] to do an audio episode based on the stories that won them the Pulitzer and it was fantastic - you can download the podcast version here [thisamericanlife.org].

However, before the Slashbot crowd comes out to cite this as proof positive that nobody should have to pay for news, information wants to be free, the establishment is keeping them down, skateboarding is not a crime, etc. - it should be noted that Pro Publica was created specifically to do a certain kind of investigative reporting [propublica.org] and relies on donations and grants from organizations that think the commercial media don't do enough of those stories. i.e., there is something that the commercial press doesn't do, and people are willing to donate in order to fill that particular need.

Unfortunately, that doesn't necessarily mean that there is a sustainable model in which foundations will give out grants or individuals will donate to have someone cover your local city council meeting, write up the police blotter, ask questions at White House press conferences or report on the scene from the Zimbabwean elections - the kind of thing that the Associated Press and individual for-profit media (TV or newspaper/online) outlets do. So while Pro Publica is a wonderful resource and a great example of how non-profit journalism can work, it is not necessarily a replacement for the existing commercial media industry.

Re:The Rise of Non-Profit News (3, Insightful)

loteck (533317) | more than 2 years ago | (#36007462)

You're right to an extent (the news cannot be free as in beer), but the nation-wide non-profit online only experiment that I was referring to is really more aimed at the kind of reporting you are talking about. See: The Voice of San Diego [voiceofsandiego.org], The MinnPost [minnpost.com], and The St. Louis Beacon [stlbeacon.org] for examples. Non-profit, local newspapers going 100% online and depending on their communities for support (with maybe some ad sales on the side). All of them are doing hard news coverage and in some cases are doing it better than their city's major daily paper.

Also, your local NPR station has long operated on the model that you just described, providing the kind of coverage that you've described.

The model may not yet be proven for "print" but it is certainly being tested, and seems to be holding up pretty well.

Woot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36007250)

Well the good news is, it opens up the prize for The Guild.

We already had a Flash cartoon Pulitzer (4, Informative)

nickovs (115935) | more than 2 years ago | (#36007402)

It's worth noting that Mark Fiore [markfiore.com] won a Pulitzer for his excellent satirical cartoons last year, and they are only available on-line as Flash animations. He was the first cartoonist [wikipedia.org] to win an editorial cartooning Pulitzer for an entry of entirely online animations.

The Soul of a New Machine (1)

alfetta (92122) | more than 2 years ago | (#36008874)

The best ever I think atleast for the kind of guy I am(Engineer) is "The Soul of a New Machine", it really explained my profession, how we are and how we work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Soul_of_a_New_Machine

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