Winning Pulitzers: The Stories Behind Some of the Best News Coverage of Our Time

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Winning Pulitzers by Karen Rothmyer is a series of fifteen first-person accounts by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists describing the events that led to their award winning stories. The book also chronicles the triumphs and scandals associated with the prizes through their first seventy-five years.
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Library Journal
This collection of ``stories behind the stories'' that won Pulitzer prizes features first-person accounts by winners and excerpts from winning pieces. Selections range from William Burke Miller's 1925 coverage of a man trapped in a cave ( Courier Journal ) to David Halberstam's Vietnam stories in the New York Times . A cartoonist and a photojournalist are also represented. The winners illustrate the evolution of reporting and writing and define the standards of good journalism. Interviews offer insights and anecdotes and are frequently inspirational. Edna Buchanan, a Miami Herald police reporter, says, ``I think my winning showed that somebody out there on the beat, out there in the trenches, not just somebody with some specialty who writes a story or two a year, can win the highest award in journalism.'' Recommended for journalism collections.-- Jo Cates, Poynter Inst. for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, Fla.
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YA-- Pulitzer Prize winners offer reflections on journalism and discuss their stories and the events leading up to their winning entries. Excerpts from winning articles will encourage readers to locate the original stories. Rothmyer includes a history of the prize as well as an essay by a Pulitzer judge. Concise and easy to read, this book brings journalism and the news of the 20th century to life.
A series of 15 first-person accounts by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists describing the events that led to their award winning stories--events from Hiroshima to Iran-Contra. In their accounts, which are accompanied by excerpts from the winning works, the journalists also talk about their lives and profession, giving a sense of how journalism has changed over the three-quarters of a century leading up to the Prizes' 75th anniversary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231070287
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/1991
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 211
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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