This just in: Pulitzers, secrecy and loose lips

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This just in: Pulitzers, secrecy and loose lips
April 18th, 2016
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Did you miss the Shorty Awards last week? You're in luck because Muck Rack's own Jessica Lawlor offers you her take on the whole shabang, which featured everyone from YouTube sensation Mamrie Hart to Pizza Rat. If that doesn't deserve a click, what will?

Pulitzer-palooza and politics

"On Pulitzers, secrecy and a new generation of loose lips," tweets Michael Barbaro, prefacing what's trending at the top of Media Twitter today. So, you might think that the top story in a newsletter written for communicators would be exactly who won what Pulitzer, right? But somehow instead it's become the semi-related but weird revelation that Washington Post's Wesley Lowery committed the inexplicably unpardonable sin of breaching Pulitzer Etiquette and revealed his team was going to win in advance of the announcements. So if you weren't aware already, what you need to understand is that Pulitzer sources give a sort of informal "heads-up" to some of the winning groups so that they can plan on getting champagne. But, well, it's supposed to be embargoed info. What you also should know is that most of Media Twitter finds this silly. "Pulitzer secrecy is silly. Good on @WesleyLowery for breaking his own news," tweets Washingtonian's Andrew Beaujon, who penned the write-up on that. But rumor has it the less social media-inclined "Old Guard" journos may be less supportive. "Was @WesleyLowery manufactured in a lab to drive veteran colleagues insane? Advance Pulitzer leak suggests yes," notes Michael Schaffer, also at the Washingtonian.

And how did this all get leaked, exactly? BuzzFeed's Ali Watkins breaks it down: "someone at a party said something that then wound up in playbook because washington is the worst f**king town ever." One more thing you should know about this saga: the party in question was called "Make America Bae Again #YOLOmageddon." And there were hats. Who else is jealous?

As for the actual 2016 Pulitzer Prize announcement itself, the Associated Press won the prize for public service for its Seafood from Slaves investigation, the LA Times took home the Breaking News Reporting award for its San Bernardino coverage,and, yes, the Washington Post earned the National Reporting accolade for its coverage of police shootings, to name just a few. Here's the complete list.

In media and tech

Monday's top media beat offerings have struck a decidedly morose tone. First up, NY Times highlights the plight of media websites battling faltering ad revenue and traffic. While Google and Facebook hog 85 cents of every new online ad dollar so far for 2016, old media publishers are forced to wrestle for what remains. "Have another click, twitter, you slag," snarks Chicago Tribune's Kim Janssen. "Happy Pulitzer Day!" quips Alec MacGillis at ProPublica. Also for the Times,  Jim Rutenberg opines on that fact that it's bend or bust for news organizations squeezed from the middle. "Of watermelons, callipygian corgis & a digitizing print media developing a new ratings addiction, my latest Mediator," Rutenberg explains. Simultaneously, The Guardian demonstrates exactly how newsroom pressure is letting fake stories get on the web. Although Jeremy Barr with Advertising Age makes a good argument: "Writing these stories over and over because they are shared widely by journalism doomsayers is a form of clickbait."

In tech, Silicon Valley is mourning “Coach” Bill Campbell, renowned for counseling innumerable tech magnates from Apple's Steve Jobs to Amazon's Jeff Bezos. "Rest in peace, Mr. Campbell. As a sports fan from Seattle, you humanized Silicon Valley for me. Thanks for the beer," reminisces Chris McCoy at WMGQ-FM. Also in tech, Sam Biddle divulges via headline, "I Have No Idea What This Startup Does and Nobody Will Tell Me," about which Biddle tweets, "guy anonymously fwded me this insane pitch deck and I’ve spent the past week in vain trying to figure out what it is." But on the bright side, ABC Houston reporter Steve Campion straight-up rescued a man trapped in high water on live TV. "From one reporter-who-rescues-people-on-camera to another... kudos to @SteveABC13," praises Brett Ruskin from CBC Nova Scotia

Question of the day

Our last question asked: A former 1960s bondage film actress is waging legal combat for ownership of what franchise? Sea Monkeys, duh. Those little dudes apparently are worth a fortune!

Congratulations to Mark Gibbs for being the very first (and only one) to answer that correctly!

As for today's question, here it is: A famous artist reportedly made $100,000 off a photoshopped image by BuzzFeed's Jen Lewis. What did the image depict?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Featured journalist: April Siese

We'd like to start the week off right by introducing you to April Siese, weekend editor for The Daily Dot. This writer/photo lady is "doin' it, doin' it, doin' it well" covering politics, culture, humor, geek, breaking news and tech. To see a complete list of her recent work, check out her article feed here, or for a look at some of her personal favorite, most fun bylines, we suggest you stop by her Muck Rack portfolio here, and start with "Check out the meaty, oiled-up men on Tinder in Buenos Aires" (at 118 shares at the mo).

Remember: If you also want to be featured, you should 1) set up your own journalist portfolio 2) get verified and 3) let us know by emailing Kirsten.

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Monday

Your career maneuvers to know for today:

  • Jessica Estepa joins National Geographic as a senior digital producer. Estepa hails from USA TODAY, where she served as a digital editor.

Meanwhile, at Yahoo, they've made a trio of hires/poaches from Business Insider:

  • Erin Fuchs joins Yahoo Finance as deputy managing editor. Fuchs was senior editor of the news and education team at Business Insider.
  • Colin Campbell joins as deputy politics editor for Yahoo News. Campbell most recently served as politics editor for Business Insider.
  • Julia La Roche joins Yahoo Finance as a writer covering Wall Street culture, investing, hedge funds, banks, and private equity.  La Roche also comes from Business Insider, where she was a senior reporter covering Wall Street.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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