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Pulitzers, Broadcasters and Digital Denial

Apr 27, 2009, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Renay San Miguel)

"Journalism has a glass jaw these days, threatening to shatter into a million pieces with the next right hook that lands courtesy of another layoff, another closing of a daily newspaper, another inane, biased utterance from a cable news host. But journalism could have landed its own body blows this week by showing it can handle the jump to hyperspace and the digital future.

"The punches missed their mark, thanks to the actions of those who handed out the Pulitzer Prizes and those who staged the annual National Association of Broadcasters/Radio-Television News Directors Association convention in Las Vegas.

"Last December, the Pulitzer board announced that for the first time, online-only media outlets would have a chance to compete for journalism's top prize. When the awards were announced on Monday, however, no award was given to Web-only news. It's true that online efforts that were part of print journalism outlets were indeed pointed out -- and in one notable case singled out -- but enough voices at both traditional media and in the blogosphere were asking "why not?" to merit discussion here."
(Perhaps this explains the lousy quality of most tech reporting-- the old guard of the industry obsess over a medium-- ink and paper-- rather than content-- ed.)

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