Sac Bee and S.F. Chronicle were finalists for a Pulitzer Prize

Congratulations to the Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle, which were both finalists for a Pulitzer Prize this year.

•Investigative Reporting
Cynthia Hubert and Phillip Reese of The Sacramento Bee
For their probe of a Las Vegas mental hospital that used commercial buses to “dump” more than 1,500 psychiatric patients in 48 states over five years, reporting that brought an end to the practice and the firing of hospital employees.

•Feature Photography
Lacy Atkins of San Francisco Chronicle
For her revealing portrait of an Oakland school’s efforts to help African-American boys avoid neighborhood risks and profit from education.

Here’s the full list of winners and finalists.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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2 Responses to Sac Bee and S.F. Chronicle were finalists for a Pulitzer Prize

  1. GregZaller says:

    The Sac Bee article is an example of the importance of “Freedom of the Press.” The freedom to report on offenses against the defenseless is a responsibility sometimes only our commercial newspapers have the means to provide. Unfortunately, though, there is also a “Bondage of the Press” when other interests cause important stories protecting the defenseless to be sidelined.

    I have observed this locally, and it is very disappointing.

  2. jeffpelline says:

    Hi Greg,

    The “bondage of the press” with local commercial newspapers, as you call it, is a real problem — in our community and elsewhere. But here’s an encouraging point. The Pulitzer Prize winner in this category of investigative journalism wasn’t a commercial newspaper, but the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit news organization. http://www.publicintegrity.org/

    Awarded to Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C., for his reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease, resulting in remedial legislative efforts.

    Newspapers now find themselves competing with nonprofit news organizations. Newspapers are just like any other business, run by people. Whether they are paid or not, may or may not lead to real “excellence.”

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