Pulitzer's Gold: A Century of Public Service Journalism

Pulitzer's Gold: A Century of Public Service Journalism

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Pulitzer's Gold: A Century of Public Service Journalism by Roy Harris , Jr.

The Joseph Pulitzer Gold Medal for meritorious public service is an unparalleled American media honor, awarded to news organizations for collaborative reporting that moves readers, provokes change, and advances the journalistic profession. Updated to reflect new winners of the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism and the many changes in the practice and business of journalism, Pulitzer's Gold goes behind the scenes to explain the mechanics and effects of these groundbreaking works.

The veteran journalist Roy J. Harris Jr. adds fascinating new detail to well-known accounts of the Washington Post investigation into the Watergate affair, the New York Times coverage of the Pentagon Papers, and the Boston Globe revelations of the Catholic Church's sexual-abuse cover-up. He examines recent Pulitzer-winning coverage of government surveillance of U.S. citizens and expands on underexplored stories, from the scandals that took down Boston financial fraud artist Charles Ponzi in 1920 to recent exposés that revealed neglect at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and municipal thievery in Bell, California. This one-hundred-year history of bold journalism follows developments in all types of reporting—environmental, business, disaster coverage, war, and more.

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ISBN-13: 9780231540568
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/22/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

Roy J. Harris Jr. spent over two decades as a Wall Street Journal reporter, including six years as deputy chief of its Los Angeles bureau. He then spent thirteen years as senior editor of The Economist's CFO Magazine. Early in his career, he reported for the Los Angeles Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He lives in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Reintroduction: Refining Pulitzer's Gold
Part I. Gold for a New Century
1. A Medal for All Seasons: 2013–2014: From Police Speeding to NSA Spying
2. The Most Prized Pulitzer: The "Germ of an Idea" Takes Root
3. A Newsroom Challenged: 2002: The New York Times and 9/11
4. Epiphany in Boston: 2003: The Globe and the Church
5. From Times to Times: 2004–2005: Rivals Win in New York and Los Angeles
6. The Storm Before the Calm: 2006: The Times-Picayune and the Sun Herald's Summer of Katrina
7. Stocks and Soldiers: 2007–2008: The Journal on Options, the Post on Walter Reed
8. Prizing Youth: 2009–2010: The Las Vegas Sun and the Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier
9. The Tradition Survives: 2011–2012: Return of the L.A. Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer
Part II. Coming of Age
10. First Gold: 1917–1919: The Great War, Brought Home
11. Reporting on the Roaring: 1920–1929: Ponzi's Scam and an Ohio Editor's Murder
12. From Depression to Wartime: 1930–1945: Corruption and the Dust Bowl
13. A Handful of Gold: 1936–1952: The Post-Dispatch Makes Its Mark
14. A New Stew of Issues: 1953–1969: Little Rock, the Suburbs, and Firsts for Women
15. Secret Papers, Secret Reporting: 1972: The Pentagon Papers and the Times
16. All the Editor's Men: 1973: Watergate and the Post
Part III. Challenges for a New Era
17. In Watergate's Shadow: 1970–1978: Newsday, the Inquirer, and Davids vs. Goliaths
18. Mightier Than the Snake: 1979: The Point Reyes Light on Synanon
19. Everybody's Business: 1980–1989: Considering the Company View
20. The Nature of Things: 1990–1998: The Scientific and the Sordid
21. The Post Rings Twice: 1999–2000: Police Shootings and Shameful Homes
Appendix: Pulitzer Gold Nuggets

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