Don’t Take Me To Your Leader: The Pulitzer And The Lost Art Of Editorials

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By: Dan Gillmor | The Guardian

This year’s awards were notable for two reasons. One was the honor to two online-only organizations, Politico (for editorial cartoons) and the Huffington Post (for national reporting). Both were clearly deserved, and were a demonstration of the online journalism world’s further ascendance into the realm of mainstream media. Slowly but surely, the Pulitzer jury and board are bringing their venerable institution into the current century, and that’s a gratifying development.

The other notable item among the journalism Pulitzers was the prize that nobody won. The jury named some finalists for editorial writing (editorials are called “leaders” in many other parts of the world) – but declined to name a winner. Prize for the best commentary on this goes to Gawker, for a post entitled “Pulitzer Committee Confirms: Editoral Writing is Useless” – a slightly-too-mean assessment of the state of the art.

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