Pulitzer's Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism

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University of Missouri Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Social Science - 488 pages
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 exposÚs. 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.
 

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Contents

Filling a Black Hole
1
1 The Storm before the Calm
7
2 The Most Prized Pulitzer
30
3 Spotlight on the Church
43
4 A Newsroom Challenged
57
5 Epiphany in Boston
72
6 From Times to Times
90
7 First Gold
109
14 Two Types of Teaming
238
15 Davids and Goliaths
258
16 Mightier than the Snake
274
17 Pulitzer Reform Thyself
288
18 Everybodys Business
299
19 The Nature of Things
319
20 The Post Rings Twice
346
21 Covering DePortland
363

8 Reporting on the Roaring
121
9 From Depression to Wartime
146
10 A Handful of Gold
158
11 A New Stew of Issues
186
12 Secret Papers Secret Reporting
205
13 All the Editors Men
222
Back to the Future
375
The Gold Medal in History
383
Notes on Sources
423
Bibliography
445
Index
449
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Roy J. Harris Jr. served from 1971 to 1994 as a reporter with the Wall Street Journal, including six years as deputy chief of its fourteen-member Los Angeles bureau. He then spent thirteen years as senior editor of The Economist Group’s CFO magazine. Early in his career he reported at the Los Angeles Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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