Yeah right! In my dreams. While viewing the awesome movie Hudsucker Proxy, the scene between the news chief and the reporter Amy really inspired me. I cant help but chuckle when she can’t help but mention her Pulitzer. I was embarrassed to realize that while I know the Pulitzer is a prestigious award given to writers, I have absolutely no idea who was nominated this year or what the categories even are.
So, I went to pulitzer.org to at least get the basics. The categories (I’m sticking to Journalism) are:
- Public Service
- Breaking News
- Investigative Reporting
- Explanatory Reporting
- Local Reporting
- National Reporting
- Featured Reporting
- Editorial Writing
There are also categories for photography, cartooning, and more. I decided to dive a little deeper into the Investigative Reporting category.
The Greater Good
It really irks me that a lot of people love to demonize the media. I will admit that there are plenty of news shows, like TMZ, that probably do not intellectually stimulate the population. However, Investigative journalism can really raise awareness and make a difference.
The Pulitzer Prize winner for investigative journalism was a story by David Barstow and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab. They exposed a bribery case that was hushed by Wal-Mart Execs. I especially loved this article because I have a hate for Wal-Mart, but I won’t get into that here. I really recommend both of these articles and believe that they demonstrate a productive use for journalism.
Reporters can have such power, if they are good writers, to make a difference.