Cat among the pigeons!
The National Enquirer is now in the running for a Pulitzer Prize, for its coverage of the John Edwards scandal.
HuffPo’s Emily Miller broke the story:
The Enquirer is in the running for the Pulitzer in two categories: “Investigative Reporting” and “National News Reporting” for The National Enquirer staff.
“We’re excited to be officially part of the Pulitzer competition,” The Enquirer‘s Executive Editor Barry Levine told me when contacted for his reaction to the decision. “We know we’ll be judged against other very outstanding submissions, but our work on Edwards is truly worthy of the Prize.”…
The decision by the Pulitzer Board gives The Enquirer legitimacy, which is long overdue for its work uncovering political scandals — including Gary Hart’s affair and Jesse Jackson’s love child — the old-fashioned way, by investing the time and manpower into a long-term investigation. The media establishment is also showing that it recognizes that the landscape has changed, so small or non-traditional outlets are breaking important stories.
It’s an interesting time in the media as investigative work is one of the easiest to cut: it takes a lot of time, months, sometimes years; costs money (all that “lost” labor, travel, FOIAs) and produces nothing — until it does. Sometimes it doesn’t pan out at all. Traditionally, I-journalists have also been some of the most skilled, savvy, dogged veterans — the expensive kind who have been canned and bought out by the thousands in the past two years by every newsroom in the nation. Ooops.
Here’s hoping this sends a message to every assigning editor out there, in whatever medium fits the bill. Dig deep! Dig often!
It also reminds readers — and editors — of the classic value of sleazy politicians to keep journo’s busy on P-worthy material. Hello, Watergate?