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8:20 AM ET, April 17, 2012


 Top News: 
The Pulitzer Prizes:
2012 Winners and Finalists  —  Journalism Public Service The Philadelphia Inquirer Breaking News Reporting The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News Staff Investigative Reporting Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of the Associated Press Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Sara Ganim, 24, wins Pulitzer for coverage of Penn State sex abuse scandal  —  Sara Ganim had a motto when reporting on the sex abuse scandal at Penn State University: “Move it forward.”  She wanted to address unanswered questions and tell a side of the story that national media outlets weren't capturing.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Pulitzer Committee Confirms: Editorial Writing Is Worthless  —  Your 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced!  [Pause.]  That very faint sound you hear is the cheering of a dozen or so newsrooms across America, interspersed with the vast silence of a nation that could not care less about the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners.
Dean Starkman / CJR:
The Value of Prizes  —  I watched the Pulitzer announcements for the first time this afternoon, just upstairs in the World Room—and, well, it's a bit of anti-climax, as a matter of fact.  Sig Gissler read the announcements in the lowest-key manner possible to an unpacked room …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Beleaguered Philadelphia Inquirer newsroom hopes Pulitzer win signals a new beginning  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer has been in the news a lot lately, but on Monday it was for the right reasons: the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, for its investigation into violence in city schools.
Erik Wemple:
Pulitzer Prizes: Editorial writers come up short
Discussion: LA Observed, Lens and
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Arianna Huffington and Tim O'Brien on HuffPost's Pulitzer Win
Discussion: Poynter and New York Magazine
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Online journalism shines in 2012 Pulitzer picks
Discussion: and paidContent
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Huffington Post Wins Pulitzer Prize  —  NEW YORK — Huffington Post senior military correspondent David Wood has spent decades covering war, watching as wounded combat troops are loaded onto medical evacuation helicopters and, he said, “go off in a cloud of dust.”
Six degrees of aggregation  —  Of the many and conflicting stories about how Huffington Post came to be—how it boasts 68 sections, three international editions (with more to come), 1.2 billion monthly page views and 54 million comments in the past year alone, how it came to surpass the traffic …
Discussion: @peretti
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Huffington Post brings home the blogosphere's first ever Pulitzer
Discussion: The Editorialiste
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Content payment system Piano takes more funding to go global  —  Piano Media, the paid content platform currently operating bundled kiosks in Slovakia and Slovenia, is taking a €2 million ($2.6 million) second round of venture investment to boost its globalisation ambitions for and general expansion.
Carl Franzen / Talking Points Memo:
‘Tumblr’ To Overtake ‘Blog’ In Google Searches  —  Whither blogging?  Yes, according to Google Search results, which project that searches for the word “Tumblr,” the name of a specific company and blogging platform, will eclipse those for the more generic term “blog” before the end of 2012.
Discussion: Betabeat, The Next Web and
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
Chelsea Clinton, TV's Dork Diva, Struggles At NBC  —  Hillary and Bill have worked their way back into our hearts, and now it's Chelsea's turn.  The only problem: she's “terrible” on television, as network executives privately admit.  —  We've entered into a kind of Clinton renaissance …
Lauren Kirchner / Capital New York:
Reuters Institute hosts a debate taking stock of the crisis in British (and U.S.) journalism  —  In the short time during which The Leveson Inquiry in Britain has been investigating the practice of phone-hacking by Rupert Murdoch's News International employees, the revelations have been as shocking …
Allan Wolper / Editor & Publisher ®:
Ethics Corner: The Picture Told The Whole Story  —  Kristyna Wentz-Graff, her Milwaukee Journal Sentinel press credentials dangling from her neck, snapped a series of shots of about 50 Occupy protesters marching near campus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Andrew Pulver / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's battles with Harold Evans at the Times to become a film  —  Evans's memoir Good Times, Bad Times about his time as editor of the Sunday Times and the Times is to be turned into a film  —  Rupert Murdoch's battle to establish himself as a newspaper tycoon at the heart …
Discussion: Digital Spy and Variety
Lindsay Rubino / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC Owned Stations, Comcast Sports Group Strike Ad Sales Partnership  —  Station group to sell national advertising for Comcast SportsNets in four markets  —  NBC Owned Television Stations and Comcast Sports Group have struck a new national advertising sales partnership …
Discussion: Multichannel
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Lawyer pursuing phone hacking in US considers asking FBI for help  —  Cases involve three unidentified clients who say their phones were hacked by the News of the World on American soil  —  Mark Lewis, the tenacious lawyer who has been at the forefront of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Mark Lewis, Lawyer in Phone-Hacking Case, Chases News Corporation in U.S.
Discussion: Media Decoder
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Study: Those Social Media Logos On TV Actually Work  —  There is hardly a program or ad on TV these days that doesn't ask its viewers to like its Facebook page or tweet about it.  According to a new survey by global consulting firm Accenture, there's a simple reason for this: those social media symbols actually work.
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post writer resigns after editor's note about ‘significant ethical lapse’
Discussion: Media News
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
New York Times Top Brass Trolled by Former Editor Armed with Embarrassing Anecdote
 Earlier Picks: 
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Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
‘60 Minutes’ Pays Tribute To Mike Wallace
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon's E-Book Pricing a Constant Thorn for Publishers
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Cuomo Aide Slammed Reporter In Dossier
Discussion: Gothamist and Capital New York