Thursday, April 17, 2014

5 things I think I think about the Tampa Bay Times winning a 2014 Pulitzer Prize - SaintPetersBlog

What the SaintPetersBlog thinks about the Tampa Bay Times winning a Pulitzer for its local reporting. The blogger is magnanimous, but still has a bit of an ax to grind. No word about any awards for the Palm Beach Post. There was a time. Click title for link. Here are his first three observations - but I especially like #5 in the article.
1. First and foremost, it was very moving to me to see Times editor and vice president Neil Brown address the newsroom after having recently suffered a heart attack. Powerful stuff indeed.
2. As much as it pains me to write this, yesterday’s win — the Times‘ fourth since 2009 — proves again what many have long contended: that the Times‘ is the best pound-for-pound newspaper in the country. It does not have the reach or the resources of the New York Times or the Washington Post, but it clearly is doing some of the finest newspaper work … anywhere.
3. That the Times won for Local Reporting is significant because, despite it winning so many journalism awards in so many other categories, the Times has not historically brought home the hardware for local reporting. The Times’ win here kinda completes a career Grand Slam of Pulitzer wins — Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, National Reporting, and now, Local Reporting.