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: 0826218911

ISBN-13: 9780826218919

Pub. Date: 02/01/2010

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

No journalism awards are awaited with as much anticipation as the Pulitzer Prizes. Andamong those Pulitzers, none is more revered than the Joseph Pulitzer Gold Medal.
 
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

Overview

No journalism awards are awaited with as much anticipation as the Pulitzer Prizes. Andamong those Pulitzers, none is more revered than the Joseph Pulitzer Gold Medal.
 
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, in the form of that Gold Medal. Exploring this service-journalism legacy, Roy Harris recalls dozens of “stories behind the stories,” often allowing the journalists involved to share their own accounts. 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 a twenty-first century that includes 9/11, a Catholic Church scandal, and corporate exposés. Pulitzer’s Gold offers a new way of looking at journalism history and practice and a new lens through which to view America’s own story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826218919
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Edition description:
First Edition, Revised edition, New in Paper
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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