Pulitzer ponderings and press talk

Without a doubt, yesterday's big media news concerned the announcement of the 2015 Pulitzer winners (which has received 6,500+ shares as of last count). "Congrats to the fine journalists who have won this year's Pultizer Prizes! You make us all proud," tweets USA Today's Liz Szabo. By far the most talked-about detail is the fact that one of the winners has already left journalism because he couldn't pay his rent (7,200+ gobsmacked shares). "Multiple levels of journalism-related sadness in this post ... (hint: read to the end)," recommends freelance tech journalist Rob Pegoraro. The journalist-turned-PR-pro is Rob Kuznia, by the way.  "Media: hire this man!" entreats Variety's Brent Lang. The rest of this important story, of course, involves his paper, where they are now reveling in their publication's first-ever Pulitzer in the most bittersweet manner (500+ shares). "This story about Daily Breeze winning a Pulitzer is unbelievable. What is right and wrong with biz I love in 1 story," reacts NHL.com's Shawn Roarke. Poynter reports the managing editor's initial response: "We are stunned" (1,800+).

Also: "Gotta love the NY Times' understatement in its Pulitzer headline," notes Billy Penn's Chris Krewson. Joel Mathis with Philadelphia Magazine responds, "my favorite part was them mentioning the WSJ won its first Pulitzer *in years.* Quietly bitchy, in the best Times fashion." Here's the Wall Street Journal's summary, by the way (1,200+). Lest we bathe in the glow of prize-winning for too long, however, here's Politico's Jack Shafer denouncing The Pulitzer Prize Scam (600+). "God bless @jackshafer and his evisceration of the self-congratulating Pulitzer Prize," declares Peoria Journal Star's Adam Gerik. And if your head is swimming from all these takes on yesterday's reveal, Columbia Journalism Review has a nice, simple list of 5 takeaways to make it easier on you (100+ shares).

One more important media matter we must bring to your attention: let's hear it for ESPN's Shelley Smith, who will return to work after her battle with cancer (nearing 6,000 shares now). "@ShelleyESPN, on beating back breast cancer, embracing bald & nearly being let go by ESPN," summarizes the post's author, Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch. "Here's the @ESPN reporter we should be talking about ... and celebrating. Welcome back @ShelleyESPN," tweets WTAE-TV Pittsburgh's Andrew Stockey. "Such strength!" reflects freelance journalist Andrea Janus. We concur.

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