Our folks in Hartford launched a new look for the The Courant’s Sunday sections and expanded offerings this week. Continuing efforts to bring readers expanded news, the paper more than doubled the reports and features in its Connecticut section, added a new column on spirituality, a report focusing on a Main Street business and additional local news stories. There’s also a full page of photos from their award-winning photojournalists now, plus readers' comments on the news.
In the words of the Judge for the Virginia Press Association's annual awards selections, "The First Amendment privilege carries a heavy responsibility; the Daily Press has strong shoulders.” Those strong shoulders dug deeply into a black market cigarette sting operation that collected millions and paid for SUVs, trips and training, yet resulted in no arrests or charges filed. The investigative series, however, netted the Daily Press the 2012 VPA Award for Journalistic Integrity and Service.
If you wondered what it takes to get the Seattle City Council to proclaim a day in your name, help put 400 violent offenders behind bars and see what happens. That's how KCPQ did it. Their 'Washington's Most Wanted' series, which also airs on JoeTV, CW32 in Portland, and three other stations in Washington state, was recently credited with its 400th capture assist. On April 22, the city said thanks by proclaiming it Washington's Most Wanted Day. Congratulations!
Congratulations to everyone at the Sun Sentinel who worked on the investigative series exposing dangerous and reckless speeding by law officers on Florida's tollways. Speeding Cops earned the Pulitzer for Public Service. It's the Sun Sentinel's first gold. Also among the Pulitzer prize lists: Finalists! Reporters at the Hartford Courant, Chicago Tribune, and Orlando Sentinel were honored as finalists in the Breaking News, Investigative Reporting and Local Reporting categories, respectively. Los Angeles Times photojournalists and reporters were recognized as finalists in three categories; Feature Photography, International Reporting and Criticism. You can see the complete list of winners and finalists on the Pulitzer website.
Among the many things you can do as part of the Chicago Tribune's ridiculously popular Trib Nation slate of events is attend rare Q&A sessions with fascinating people in the news. As packed a house as these events create, the engagement doesn't stop at the closed door of a sold out room. When Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, dropped in to talk about her new book, Trib Nation filled the house, and took the overflow online, rolling out a three-camera live-stream, peppering Twitter with the #TribNation hashtag and pulling together a Storify gallery sourced from attendees. You can see them all on the Trib Nation website.
Of the six first place finishes the LA Times earned in this year's Pictures of the Year International competition, it's hard to pick which deserves the headline most. Best Website seems too obvious. Multimedia Photographer of the Year or Editing Portfolio - Newspaper would allow a name drop (congrats, Liz O. Baylen and Mary Cooney!). But Documentary Project of the Year, Issue Reporting Picture Story - Newspaper, and Series or Special Section all promote teamwork. Maybe we could just go with...
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