Journalism

The Oregonian Wins Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing

Apr 14, 2014
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The Oregonian newspaper is among this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners. The organization is being recognized for a series of editorials it published last year on Oregon's Public Employee Retirement System, also known as PERS.

In journalism, a stringer is a freelance reporter or photographer who gets paid on the basis of each story or picture sold. So, much of the time there's no regular salary, no living allowance, and often, no travel subsidy. It's a tough way to make a living; especially since the competition in a major market like New York or London is prohibitively fierce. The trick for a young journalist is to find a location rich in material but light on the competitive side; the more poverty-stricken, dirty, corrupt and dangerous, the better.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

In the wine business one good review can mean a lot of money. Now, one of the most prominent wine writers in the Northwest is getting into the wine business himself. And that’s agitated some in the industry. Former Seattle Times columnist Paul Gregutt defends his winery in southeast Washington, but others see a conflict of interest. Correspondent Anna King reports from Waitsburg.

Dr. Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, is an expert on media and journalism in the Middle East. He was on today's edition of WBUR's Here and Now discussing the current state of journalism in Pakistan, where reporters are frequently targets for violence. As Dr. Pintak points out, the danger still doesn't deter many journalists from their mission to independently report on the state of their country, and pass those journalism values on to Pakistani students.

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Non-white employees make up less than 13 percent of the nation’s newsrooms, a shrinking percentage, according to the American Society of Newspaper Editors. For nearly 20 years, a rare summer program has encouraged more minority students in Oregon to consider journalism. But it lacks funding to ensure its future.