Pulitzer-palooza and politics

Apr 18, 2016

"On Pulitzers, secrecy and a new generation of loose lips," tweets Michael Barbaro, prefacing what's trending at the top of Media Twitter today. So, you might think that the top story in a newsletter written for communicators would be exactly who won what Pulitzer, right? But somehow instead it's become the semi-related but weird revelation that Washington Post's Wesley Lowery committed the inexplicably unpardonable sin of breaching Pulitzer Etiquette and revealed his team was going to win in advance of the announcements. So if you weren't aware already, what you need to understand is that Pulitzer sources give a sort of informal "heads-up" to some of the winning groups so that they can plan on getting champagne. But, well, it's supposed to be embargoed info. What you also should know is that most of Media Twitter finds this silly. "Pulitzer secrecy is silly. Good on @WesleyLowery for breaking his own news," tweets Washingtonian's Andrew Beaujon, who penned the write-up on that. But rumor has it the less social media-inclined "Old Guard" journos may be less supportive. "Was @WesleyLowery manufactured in a lab to drive veteran colleagues insane? Advance Pulitzer leak suggests yes," notes Michael Schaffer, also at the Washingtonian.

And how did this all get leaked, exactly? BuzzFeed's Ali Watkins breaks it down: "someone at a party said something that then wound up in playbook because washington is the worst f**king town ever." One more thing you should know about this saga: the party in question was called "Make America Bae Again #YOLOmageddon." And there were hats. Who else is jealous?

As for the actual 2016 Pulitzer Prize announcement itself, the Associated Press won the prize for public service for its Seafood from Slaves investigation, the LA Times took home the Breaking News Reporting award for its San Bernardino coverage,and, yes, the Washington Post earned the National Reporting accolade for its coverage of police shootings, to name just a few. Here's the complete list.

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