Media

2010 Pulitzer Prizes: Web Sites Yes; National Enquirer No

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

In a sign of the changing landscape of journalism, Web sites won their first-ever Pulitzer prizes. And in a sign things haven't changed that much, the tabloid National Enquirer did not win.

The website ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine, won for investigative reporting for its stories on the controversial deaths of patients at a New Orleans medical center following Hurricane Katrina.

In another online first, the Web site of the San Francisco Chronicle won for editorial cartooning.

"This is something we're going to see more of in the years ahead as there's more and more collaboration of news entities when it comes to enterprise journalism," Sig Gissler, administrator of the prizes, said in announcing the winners.

The National Enquirer, more known for dubious stories about celebrity break-ups and hook-ups, was under consideration for its reporting on the John Edwards affair (and eventual child). The Enquirer was reporting the story when no one in the mainstream media would touch it. But alas, the Enquirer failed to win the prestigious Pulitzer.

The Washington Post led the way with four Pulitzers. The New York Times won three.

As far as the non-journalism awards, "Tinkers" by John Harding won for fiction, and "The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy" by David E. Hoffman won for general non-fiction.

2010 Pulitzer Prize winners:

Journalism

Public Service - Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier

Breaking News Reporting - The Seattle Times Staff

Investigative Reporting - Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman of the Philadelphia Daily News and Sheri Fink of ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine

Explanatory Reporting - Michael Moss and members of The New York Times Staff

Local Reporting - Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

National Reporting - Matt Richtel and members of The New York Times Staff

International Reporting - Anthony Shadid of The Washington Post

Feature Writing - Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post

Commentary - Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post

Criticism - Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing - Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie of The Dallas Morning News

Editorial Cartooning - Mark Fiore, self syndicated, appearing on SFGate.com

Breaking News Photography - Mary Chind of The Des Moines Register

Feature Photography - Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post

Letters, Drama and Music

Fiction - Tinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)

Drama - Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey

History - Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed (The Penguin Press)

Biography - The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)

Poetry - Versed by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press)

General Nonfiction - The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday)

Music - Violin Concerto by Jennifer Higdon (Lawdon Press)

Special Citations

Hank Williams

For more information on winners, finalists, winning photographs and cartoons, and links to winning stories,

press release on the Special Citation awarded to Hank Williamsclick here ....