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  • Today in Media History: Who won the 1988 Pulitzer Prizes? (You may recognize some of these names)

    The Charlotte Observer wrote the following after it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service on March 31, 1988:

    “The Charlotte Observer won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for meritorious public service Thursday for revealing misuse of funds by Jim and Tammy Bakker`s PTL television ministry.

    ….Longtime Observer editorial cartoonist Doug Marlette, who now works for the Atlanta Constitution, also won a Pulitzer, for work he did at both newspapers.

    Thursday, as the 3 p.m. announcement of Pulitzer winners approached, Observer staff members stopped typing at computer terminals and put down their telephones to await the news. They climbed onto desks and leaned over terminals in anticipation.

    At 2:50 p.m., assistant managing editor Bob De Piante called New York`s Columbia University School of Journalism, which gives Pulitzer prizes in 14 categories each year, to find out if The Observer was among the winners.

    At precisely 3 p.m., De Piante confirmed what everyone was expecting, and his voice was drowned in cheers and applause….”


    A story from The Miami Herald:

    “Amid champagne spray and a downpour of confetti, The Miami Herald’s editors and reporters on Thursday celebrated the awarding of two Pulitzer Prizes — one for columnist Dave Barry’s offbeat essays on American society and another for Michel duCille’s shattering photographs of a cocaine-devastated neighborhood.

    ….Addressing a clamorous throng of colleagues Thursday, Barry quickly showcased his usual sense of sober decorum.

    ‘I’m really glad that I won this, although now that I have, it will probably be a lot less prestigious for the rest of you later on,’ Barry said.

    For duCille, it was his second Pulitzer in three years. In 1986, the 32-year-old Jamaica native shared journalism’s top honor with Herald photographer Carol Guzy for their pictures of the aftermath of a volcanic eruption in Colombia.

    ‘I’ve been in the newspaper business for seven or eight years and this is the first time I did something that had some very, very tangible results,’ said duCille, flecked from head to toe with colorful confetti.

    ‘It’s just fantastic to do some work and see the changes that occur,’ he said.”

    The Pulitzer Prize website has listed all of the 1988 awards:


    Public Service
    The Charlotte Observer for revealing misuse of funds by the PTL television ministry through persistent coverage conducted in the face of a massive campaign by PTL to discredit the newspaper.

    General News Reporting
    Staff of Lawrence (MA) Eagle-Tribune for an investigation that revealed serious flaws in the Massachusetts prison furlough system and led to significant statewide reforms.

    Staff of The Alabama Journal, Montgomery, AL for its compelling investigation of the state’s unusually high infant-mortality rate, which prompted legislation to combat the problem.

    Investigative Reporting
    Dean Baquet, William Gaines and Ann Marie Lipinski of Chicago Tribune for their detailed reporting on the self-interest and waste that plague Chicago’s City Council.

    Explanatory Journalism
    Daniel Hertzberg and James B. Stewart of The Wall Street Journal for their stories about an investment banker charged with insider trading and the critical day that followed the October 19, 1987, stock market crash.

    Specialized Reporting
    Walt Bogdanich of The Wall Street Journal for his chilling series of reports on faulty testing by American medical laboratories.

    National Reporting
    Tim Weiner of The Philadelphia Inquirer for his series of reports on a secret Pentagon budget used by the government to sponsor defense research and an arms buildup.

    International Reporting
    Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times for balanced and informed coverage of Israel.

    Feature Writing
    Jacqui Banaszynski of St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch for her moving series about the life and death of an AIDS victim in a rural farm community.

    Dave Barry of The Miami Herald for his consistently effective use of humor as a device for presenting fresh insights into serious concerns.

    Tom Shales of The Washington Post for his television criticism.

    Editorial Writing
    Jane Healy of Orlando Sentinel for her series of editorials protesting overdevelopment of Florida’s Orange County.

    Editorial Cartooning
    Doug Marlette of The Atlanta Constitution and Charlotte Observer

    Spot News Photography
    Scott Shaw of Odessa (TX) American for his photograph of the child Jessica McClure being rescued from the well into which she had fallen.

    Feature Photography
    Michel du Cille of The Miami Herald for photographs portraying the decay and subsequent rehabilitation of a housing project overrun by the drug crack.


    Beloved by Toni Morrison (Alfred A. Knopf)

    Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry

    The Launching of Modern American Science 1846-1876 by Robert V. Bruce (Alfred A. Knopf)

    Biography or Autobiography
    Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe by David Herbert Donald (Little)

    Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems by William Meredith (Alfred A. Knopf)

    General Nonfiction
    The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes (Simon and Schuster)

    12 New Etudes for Piano by William Bolcom
    First complete performance by Marc-Andre Hamelin, pianist, on March 30, 1987 at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.

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  • ‘Fix This Now’: The Indianapolis Star’s front page editorial takes on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    The Indianapolis Star covered its front page Tuesday morning with an editorial demanding Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the state legislature undo the damage it has caused by passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The governor has stiffly held that he will not push to repeal the law he signed, claiming the law only guarantees religious freedom not suffer “undo burden” from state laws. But business leaders, activists and even the biggest local government in the state say it opens the door for discrimination if an employer can claim it opposes homosexuality on the grounds of religion.

    The editorial calls for immediate and definitive action “to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.”

    The Star’s publisher, Karen Ferguson, tweeted late Monday night:

    It's this important. Tuesday's front page. #rfra

    — Karen Ferguson (@karenferguson33) March 31, 2015

    The bold front page is a response to a firestorm that followed the passage of Indiana’s religious freedom law last week.

    On Monday, nine CEO’s of some of Indiana’s biggest employers delivered a letter to the governor demanding lawmakers modify the law so it could not be used to deny rights based on sexual orientation or gender identification. It is highly unusual for such large companies as Cummins, Lilly and other big Indiana corporations to take such a strong and public stand on controversial social issues. The head of Angie’s List cancelled the company’s plan to use city and state money to expand its Hoosier headquarters. Politicians in Chicago, Cincinnati and Virginia quickly went to work trying to attract unhappy Indiana companies away. A convention of government employees and a concert also have cancelled plans to come to Indiana in protest of the state law. The City of Indianapolis local government even passed a resolution opposing the state law.

    The Star’s editorial began:

    We are at a critical moment in Indiana’s history.

    And much is at stake.

    Our image. Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome. And our efforts over many years to retool our economy, to attract talented workers and thriving businesses, and to improve the quality of life for millions of Hoosiers.

    All of this is at risk because of a new law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that no matter its original intent already has done enormous harm to our state and potentially our economic future.

    The Star’s strong front page stance calls to mind another front page editorial from 2011, when the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania said it was time for Penn State’s president to step aside after the school’s sex scandal.

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    A book published in 2007 by Michele Weldon explained that front-page editorials seemed to be on the rise since 2000. Slate reported, “Weldon discovered that the number of front-page pieces that openly included opinion or analysis increased sharply between 2001 and 2004. Weldon told Slate that boldly placed editorials and opinions are a way for papers to reach readers in ways that other means of communication cannot.

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  • Washington Post to cut some non-newsroom staff

    The Washington Post

    The Washington Post has “decided to internally transfer or eliminate certain non-Newsroom positions,” publisher Fred Ryan said in a memo to staffers Monday.

    Ryan did not specify how many positions will be eliminated, but said the cuts come after “much careful deliberation” for the employees affected. Staffers who will be laid off have already been notified, he wrote.

    As of October 2014, The Washington Post had added about 100 employees since the paper was purchased by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Erik Wemple reported.

    Earlier in 2015, Washingtonian’s Andrew Beaujon reported that The Washington Post was taking steps to trim staff. A Post spokesperson told Washingtonian that net editorial staff would continue to grow in 2015.

    Here’s Ryan’s memo to employees:

    Washington Post Publisher Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. sent the following note to staff today:

    Dear Washington Post Colleagues,

    This week will mark six months since you welcomed me to this extraordinary publication. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for the warm reception I have received and to give you an update on several new initiatives underway.

    We have taken on an ambitious goal of vastly expanding our readership to a broader national and global audience. The results are impressive with our total digital audience expanding to over 48 million unique visitors last month, a record that marks 63% growth over last year. Our mobile audience grew to an all-time high exceeding 31 million unique visitors—an 80% increase over last year. This exceptional growth exceeds that of any of our key competitors.

    User engagement is high with our total page views nearing 500 million for the first time, which is 109% growth year over year. We are attracting one of the largest and fastest growing millennial audiences among major media outlets, an impressive sign that Washington Post journalism is becoming essential to a new generation of readers.

    These past few months, we have added to the strong Washington Post team with some incredibly talented new members. Steve Gibson, a highly respected media executive, has joined us as Chief Financial Officer and Jed Hartman, one of the most innovative and admired people in advertising today has signed on as Chief Revenue Officer. Recognizing internal excellence, Tracy Grant has been promoted to Deputy Managing Editor, Beth Diaz to Vice President of Audience Development & Analytics and Kris Coratti to Vice President of Communications – all terrific additions to the leadership team. Leili Boroumand joined us earlier this month as Director of Business Development and she has hit the ground running.

    To lead an expanded offering to the “leadership audience” of decision makers and influentials, the Newsroom has added to its ranks with well-regarded journalist Rachel Van Dongen. As leader of the business side of this important initiative, we are today announcing the hiring of Alex Treadway for the newly created position of Vice President of Leadership Market Sales.

    The excellence of Washington Post journalism has won many important accolades these past few months, with Carol Leonnig receiving the Polk Award for her outstanding reporting on weaknesses in Secret Service protection of the President; our late colleague, Michel du Cille, being honored by both the White House News Photographers Association and Photographer of the Year International award for his work on Ebola; our headline writers just received the top award from the American Copy Editors Society; and our design teams picked up an unprecedented 150 awards from the Society for News Design. Just last week Dan Balz was honored with the Toner Award for political reporting, and the American Society of News Editors Award for Distinguished Writing on Diversity went to Sari Horwitz.

    The Washington Post was named this month by Fast Company Magazine as the “Number One Most Innovative Media Company in the World.” We can all take pride in this great recognition of the culture of innovation and transformation underway at The Post.

    We are laser-focused on operating as a nimble, forward-looking company with a culture of innovation and swift implementation.

    As part of this transformation, we have undertaken a thoughtful analysis of our staff structure in non-Newsroom positions, to be certain that we are deploying our resources in ways consistent with today’s rapidly changing media model and our bold vision for the future. As a result, we have decided to internally transfer or eliminate certain non-Newsroom positions, where appropriate. That process has been concluded and most of those directly affected by these structural changes have already been notified. Decisions that eliminate or restructure positions are difficult to make and even harder to receive. We came to these decisions after much careful deliberation and with great appreciation for the colleagues who feel the impact of this realignment.

    The media world is changing at an even faster pace than ever before. To continue on our trajectory of growth and expansion, we must be in a constant state of transformation with the nimbleness and speed of execution to lead and innovate in this rapidly evolving space.

    As we pursue our ambitious expansion strategy, we will continue our investment in the Newsroom. Seventeen journalists have been hired in the first three months of the year and more to come. Among these new additions is Lois Romano, returning to lead an expanded Washington Post Live program. Later this week, we will be announcing the hiring of a new leader of PostTV, our major investment in video news production. The PostTV team has achieved dramatic growth this past year and is positioned for tremendous success going forward.

    Through the innovations of our world-class team of engineers, Washington Post content will expand to reach an even larger audience. Our new “Rainbow” national app that launched late last year on Fire tablet devices has been a tremendous success, with a large loyal audience coming to The Post through this new offering. The users on this new platform are sharing our exceptional journalism with others at unprecedented rates. We will be launching this new Rainbow national app on all other devices later this year, and expanding the experience to phones and beyond. For Post advertisers, this new Rainbow platform is becoming a “game changer,” with reader engagement at levels vastly exceeding traditional click through rates.

    We have taken internal ownership of our technology future and are rapidly building our own platforms, which has enabled us to innovate faster and provide higher-quality service to readers, advertisers, and the Newsroom. As you have observed over the past year, our technology team has made our site and apps faster, improved stability and reliability, and significantly enhanced our Newsroom’s storytelling capabilities. The Content Management System design initiative has been a huge success and we are offering this proprietary new CMS to select universities across the country with the intention to eventually license it to other publishers across the globe.

    This transformational thinking and spirit of innovation is reflected across all departments at The Post. Having recently spent time with the Production Facility and Delivery Teams, it is clear that innovation is at the center of everything they do. Our loyal print readership is an important priority to The Post and we will continue to serve them with a top-quality product on their doorstep each morning.

    From a financial standpoint, I am pleased to report that the company finished 2014 strong and, with the end of the first quarter upon us, 2015 is off to an excellent start.

    With so many wins in the first quarter alone, we have every reason to feel excited about what the rest of the year holds. But we cannot take our foot off the accelerator—we must continue to be unrelenting in our focus on the innovation and dedication to excellence that is leading to these achievements.

    I’d like to thank all of you for your hard work, dedication and focus on the future. Our next Town Hall is set for Wednesday, April 8, where we can discuss these and other initiatives in more detail. I hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there.

    Best regards,


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Media giant ESPN target of lawsuit by Laurie Fine
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:22

Laurie Fine will file a lawsuit n federal court accusing ESPN and two of its employees of libel.  Fine's suit accuses the network of breaking the story of Bobby Davis'  allegations of sexual abuse against her husband, former assistant basketball coach of Bernie Fine without any credible corroborating sources. "This Complaint for Libel arises from Defendant ESPN’s coverage of Robert Davis’ uncorroborated attack upon Plaintiff Laurie J. Fine. Through this coverage, ESPN, acting by and through its agents and employees, including Defendants Mark Schwarz and Arthur Berko, spitefully destroyed Laurie Fine’s reputation in an attempt to capitalize financially in the tragic wake of the Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal. Defendants have ruined Laurie Fine’s reputation by maliciously publishing false and defamatory factual accusations."

In the lawsuit document Fine flatly denies ever knowing of or suspecting her husband of molesting Davis or any other person.  She also denies Davis' claim that she had a sexual relationship with him or Davis claim that she had sexual relationships with several former Syracuse University basketball players.

Local media promise extended coverage with local television outlets planning to carry the news conference live on their secondary digital channels and on their websites, and feeding national media with the story.  ESPN responded claiming the  suit is without merit an the network  stand behind its story.

Here are links to some local media coverage:
Newschannel 9



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