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NYT's self-nominated Pulitzer winner

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by playthrough, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I suppose the end justifies the means, but I can't imagine the gumption to self-nominate for a Pulitzer. Even his editors seemed to agree.

    http://gawker.com/5902658/is-it-bad-to-nominate-yourself-for-an-award
     
  2. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    If he's the foreign editor, wouldn't he be the one to pick which international news stories get suggested to the upper management, if not the one to pick which go to the Pulitzer board? I know sports editors who have nominated their own work for Associated Press Sports Editors awards. I have no problem with either situation. If the guy did it every year and screwed his own correspondents every year, then he's a dick. But if he's the one who decides what gets nominated, it should be his goal to ensure the Times wins. And if he thinks his own work has the best shot at winning, then he should nominate his own work. It's what's best for the company, as well as the individual.

    Edit: Just realized I misread. The foreign editor was quoted, but the correspondent nominated himself and won. Either way, it's a good day for The New York Times, which should (and almost does) win this Pulitzer Prize every year based on how much it invests in international reporting.
     
  3. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    We saw him on PBS Newshour last Friday. I told my husband, "He's hot, he works for the NYT, and he's exposing evil in Africa. Is there a female social activist in the Northeast who doesn't want to sleep with him?"

    Somehow, I don't think being a Pulitzer winner will worsen his odds.

    (Apologies for the threadjack.)
     
  4. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Um, he won the thing.

    Other than Gawker seeing an opportunity to take shots at the media hierarchy, I don't see the issue here.
     
  5. lcjjdnh

    lcjjdnh Active Member

    To be fair, they were playing off what seems like a not-exactly-ringing-endorsement from his editor:

     
  6. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I take that quote to be in good fun.

    Kind of like the coach who shouts, "No, no, no, no, no ... YES!!!!" when a player takes an ill-advised shot that goes in.
     
  7. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    What a literate, thoughtful analysis by Gawker. ::)
     
  8. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I have heard from a reliable source that Gettleman is as unlikeable as they come. So really, this seems in character for him. Win or not.
     
  9. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    BFD. Last time I checked, Most Likeable Reporter wasn't a Pulitzer category.
     
  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    He's the Reggie Jackson of reporters -- it ain't braggin' if you can back it up.
     
  11. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Didn't say it was.
     
  12. lcjjdnh

    lcjjdnh Active Member

    I also noticed the NYTimes staff was a finalist in the category, too. Perhaps his own nomination was seen as selfish, because it could have deprived a larger group of people of winning.
     
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