Pulitzer's Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism

Pulitzer's Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism

by Roy J. Harris Jr.
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0826217680

ISBN-13: 9780826217684

Pub. Date: 01/17/2008

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

 

Pulitzer’s Gold is the first book to trace the ninety-year history of the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded annually to a newspaper rather than to individuals. Harris recalls dozens of “stories behind the stories,” often allowing the journalists involved to share their own accounts. Readers will recognize some of

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Pulitzer’s Gold is the first book to trace the ninety-year history of the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded annually to a newspaper rather than to individuals. Harris recalls dozens of “stories behind the stories,” often allowing the journalists involved to share their own accounts. Readers will recognize some of the stories, like the New York Times’s Pentagon Papers exclusive and the Watergate scandal that Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein dug out for the Washington Post.But Harris takes his Gold Medal saga through two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights struggle, and the Vietnam era before bringing public-service journalism into today’s age of environmental and corporate exposés. Story after story illustrates how for small town papers or metropolitan dailies alike, public-service reporting is a point of pride for the American press.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826217684
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
01/17/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Filling a Black Hole     1
Gold for a New Century
The Storm before the Calm     7
The Most Prized Pulitzer     30
Spotlight on the Church     43
A Newsroom Challenged     57
Epiphany in Boston     72
From Times to Times     90
Coming of Age
First Gold     109
Reporting on the Roaring     121
From Depression to Wartime     146
A Handful of Gold     158
A New Stew of Issues     186
The Golden Seventies
Secret Papers, Secret Reporting     205
All the Editor's Men     222
Two Types of Teaming     238
Davids and Goliaths     258
Mightier than the Snake     274
Pulitzer, Reform Thyself     288
Challenges for a New Era
Everybody's Business     299
The Nature of Things     319
The Post Rings Twice     346
Covering "De-Portland"     363
Afterword: Back to the Future     375
The Gold Medal in History     383
Notes on Sources     423
Bibliography     445
Index     449

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