The Union shows its provincialism (and pettiness and laziness?) in burying news of Bee’s sixth Pulitzer Prize

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman won a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Monday for drawings on topics that explored gun violence, marriage equality, terrorism and the state of American politics. It is the Bee’s sixth Pulitzer and its latest since 2007.

But you would hardly know about the Bee winning journalism’s highest honor from reading The Union, which ironically now depends on the Bee to print its 15,000 circulation newspaper. (The Union shut down its own newspaper presses and laid off workers to cut costs).

In The Union, the news is buried in a sentence in the 13th paragraph of an AP wire service story on page 9 titled “AP wins Pulitzer for stories on enslaved fisherman in India.”

This is a combination of provincialism and probably pettiness and laziness as well (AKA podunk). The Union could have easily tipped its hat to the Bee (and Ohman) in a short sidebar.

Of course, Ohman’s cartoons tend to be a little more “liberal” than The Union’s Op-Ed page, which has helped it win the nickname “Tea Party Gazette.”

The Bee has been doing a great job lately. Another example: reporting that UC Davis spent thousands of dollars to scrub pepper spray references on the internet. The Bee was credited in newspapers all across the country for breaking the news.

Once again, I’m reminded that our community, at least a dominant conservative/old-guard segment,  is like being parked on the Lido deck of the Love Boat, merrily plying along in a parallel universe to the rest of world — even if it’s only about an hour away. “Come aboard; we’re expecting you …”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website 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.

One thought on “The Union shows its provincialism (and pettiness and laziness?) in burying news of Bee’s sixth Pulitzer Prize”

  1. Todd Juvinall and his small-minded sock puppets somehow think this ( equates to a Pulitzer Prize. The “Better Newspaper Contest” is a category of small-town newspapers competing against each other in California, compared with journalism’s highest honor. These are not final awards either; they are semi-final awards. “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Small minds in small towns are a hoot!

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