I read this list of this year’s Pulitzers and thought about those who are saying that journalism is dead. This is clearly the kind of investigation and reporting that need to be done [all the below quoted from the NYT artice]:
- The Las Vegas Sun for the exposure of the high death rate among construction workers on the Las Vegas Strip amid lax enforcement of regulations, leading to changes in policy and improved safety conditions;
- The Houston Chronicle Staff for becoming a lifeline to the city when Hurricane Ike struck;
- David Barstow of The New York Times for his reporting that revealed how some retired generals, working as radio and television analysts, had been co-opted by the Pentagon to make its case for the war in Iraq, and how many of them also had undisclosed ties to companies that benefited from policies they defended;
- Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times for their fexploration into the cost and effectiveness of attempts to combat the growing menace of wildfires across the western United States;
- The East Valley Tribune, Mesa, AZ, for adroit use of limited resources to reveal, in print and online, how a popular sheriff’s focus on immigration enforcement endangered investigation of violent crime and other aspects of public safety.
How are we going to support this kind of journalism? We need fulltime journalists with resources behind them; but how?