The Pulitzer Prize committee has just announced its awards for 2012. No Missouri publication received an award or finalist citation.
In the Local Reporting category, 24-year-old Sara Ganim of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, became one of the youngest prizewinners in history for her work on the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State University. (In the past, at least one 23-year-old has taken home a Pulitzer.)
The Huffington Post earned more news chops since it hired full-time reporters to complement its stable of unpaid bloggers and freelancers. HuffPo's David Wood fetched the National Reporting award, for his piece on wounded servicemen and women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The New York Times was the only publication to take more than one award. (It earned the top prize for International Reporting and Explanatory Reporting.)
Just one alternative-weekly grabbed a Pulitzer this year: The Stranger, in Seattle, earned the prize in Feature Writing for the courtroom story of a rape victim.
There was one significant change this year, which impacted the Breaking News category. In the past, award winners included hard-news stories that appeared the morning following an event. This time around, much more emphasis was placed on real-time reporting across a variety of social and digital media. (Very few people, for example, waited 24 hours for the thud of a paper on their porch to read about the killing of Osama bin Laden, which occurred overnight.)
This year's Breaking News award went to The Tuscaloosa News, in Alabama, for its coverage of a deadly tornado. Staff writers used social media and traditional reporting to provide real-time updates, help locate missing people and produce in-depth print accounts even after power disruption forced the paper to publish at another plant 50 miles away.
For the full list of award-winners and finalists, click here.
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