Pulitzer-palooza

The top news still on most media minds is, of course, yesterday's announcement of this year's Pulitzer winners and finalists. Looking around Twitter, it seemed everyone was congratulating at least one friend or acquaintance who was celebrating this zenith point of journalistic honors. 

At the Washington PostPulitzer winner Eli Saslow spoke to The Post newsroom about his prize in explanatory journalism for his series on food stamps. "The last two minutes of @elisaslow's Pulitzer speech to the newsroom prove that he's the best we have, in many ways," concluded Bradford Pearson at D Magazine.

Meanwhile, at the New York Times they celebrated two photography Pulitzers, while at the Tampa Bay TimesCraig Pittman pointed out, "The @TB_Times Pulitzer win started in the classic way: a tip handed to the night cops reporter." Of course, the newsroom who had the most poignant win was The Boston Globe, who started off today by photographing the heroes and survivors of the 2013 Boston marathon bombing, exactly one year after they endured unthinkable tragedy. In a full-page announcement today, the Globe stated, "Yesterday, the Boston Globe was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for our coverage of events we wish had never happened." Bostonian Tricia McCorkle reacted, "So well put @Bostonglobe, we'd expect nothing less. Congrats." (Photo credit: The Boston Globe)

Still, freelancer Tommy Tomlinson reminded the Twittersphere, "As we celebrate the Pulitzer winners, save some love for the finalists. A great day for them, but also bittersweet." KPCC's Sharon McNary was of the same mind, noting, "I know Pulitzer winners are today's focus, but I'm impressed at how many @latimes journalists were finalists."

But FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver had to explore the inevitable question: Do Pulitzers Help Newspapers Keep Readers? 

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