Holding Up the Mirror
Six leading journalists told how their work alerted society to grave problems and won 2012 Pulitzer Prizes. Speaking to a capacity crowd at the Columbia Journalism School on Oct. 16, they delved into the origins of their stories and shared reporting tips and techniques. Under the theme of “Holding Up the Mirror,” the topics and participants were:
Pervasive violence in public schools
Philadelphia Inquirer, Public Service Prize, Susan Snyder and Mike Leary
The deadly embrace of a painkiller
Seattle Times, Investigative Reporting Prize, Michael J. Berens
Controversial spying by New York police
Associated Press, Investigative Reporting Prize, Matt Apuzzo and Eileen Sullivan
Hidden wounds of struggling veterans Denver Post, Feature Photography Prize, Craig F. Walker
Sheila Coronel, director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, moderated the program. A video of event is in preparation.
Hiding in Plain Sight
Pulitzer-winning journalists share their tips
Four reporters explained how their investigative work won 2011 Pulitzer Prizes during a seminar at Columbia’s Journalism School on Oct. 4. As is often the case, their stories were “hiding in plain sight,” waiting to be discovered and pursued. The panelists were Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives of the Los Angeles Times, who exposed astonishing corruption in a small California city; Amy Ellis Nutt of The Star-Ledger, Newark, who reconstructed the death of six fishermen; and Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, who revealed how unsuspecting Floridians face hurricanes with flimsy insurance protection from shaky companies. Moderator was Walt Bogdanich, New York Times, three-time Pulitzer winner.
Later in the year, Gottlieb, Vives and fellow staffer Paloma Esquivel spoke about their corruption story at Stanford in an event sponsored by the Pulitzer Prizes and the Knight Journalism Fellows.