Pulitzer Prize seminars


Covering the Overlooked

On Tuesday, November 11, prizewinning journalists discussed how their reporting and commentary exposed the plights of the overlooked and neglected. Topics and participants included:

Breathless and Burdened: Dying from black lung, buried by law and medicine
The Center for Public Integrity, Investigative Reporting Prize, Chris Hamby

Other Than Honorable
The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo., National Reporting Prize, David Philipps and Joanna Bean.

Columns on the financial crisis facing Detroit
Detroit Free Press, Commentary Prize, Stephen Henderson

Sheila Coronel, director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, and dean of academic affairs at The Journalism School, Columbia University, moderated the program.

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Waiting to Be Told

Six journalists from news organizations large and small deconstructed their Pulitzer Prize-winning work and shared their down-to-earth tips during a seminar on Oct. 22 at the Columbia Journalism School. Speaking to a capacity crowd, they told how they used investigative techniques to dig into remarkable stories that were waiting to be discovered. The topics and participants were:

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Speeding off-duty cops imperil the public
Sun Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, Public Service Prize, Sally Kestin and John Maines

The biggest oil spill you never heard of
InsideClimate News, National Reporting Prize, Elizabeth McGowan and Lisa Song

Inside a deadly backcountry avalanche
The New York Times, Feature Writing Prize, John Branch and Steve Duenes

Sheila Coronel, director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, moderated the program.

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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.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Pulitzer-winning journalists share their tips

At Columbia
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.

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At Stanford
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.

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