Felix Salmon

The year of business Pulitzers

By Felix Salmon
April 18, 2011

The Pulitzers are notorious for ignoring business journalism. But they made up for it this year: just about anything which could go to business journalism, did.

The Public Service award went to the LA Times for its investigation of corruption in the small municipality of Bell, California. The Investigative Reporting award went to Paige St John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for her great work covering Florida’s murky property-insurance system. The National Reporting award went to Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of Propublica for their big story on the Magnetar trade. The Commentary award went to the NYT’s wonderful economics columnist David Leonhardt. And even the Editorial Writing award went to Joseph Rago of the WSJ, who wrote even more about healthcare than Leonhardt did, from a very different perspective.

I wouldn’t care to hazard a guess as to why the 2011 Pulitzers, in particular, were so friendly to business journalism — but it’s certainly a gratifying development, especially for this year’s winners. Many congratulations to them all — and especially to ProPublica, which wins the first-ever Pulitzer award for a piece which never appeared in print. It surely won’t be the last.

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I guess the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s journalist job ad was a bit late then, since they *did* actually cost Walt Bogdanich his Pulitzer! :)

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Jesse Eisinger’s pulitzer must be up there with Walter Durranty’s in terms of deserving. Not only does he regularly get the story wrong – in fact I have never read an article of his that was not clearly BS – but he wasn’t even the first person to “break the story”, Yves Smith was. But of course she is a blogger not a cut and paste “journalist”. When one looks at the other dross that gets Pulitzers, one sees clearly what a mutual back-patting society there is.

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