In dramatic fashion, the Wall Street Journal’s China bureau reporters have won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.
For a distinguished example of reporting on international affairs, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
Awarded to The Wall Street Journal Staff for its sharply edged reports on the adverse impact of China’s booming capitalism on conditions ranging from inequality to pollution.
Kudos to the bureau chief Rebecca Blumenstein and the bylined reporters for the winning package:
- James Areddy
- Andrew Browne
- Jason Dean
- Gordon Fairclough
- Mei Fong (my wonderful wife)
- Shai Oster
- Jane Spencer
I say “dramatic” as last year the New York Times won the same award for China -related reportin. And because the Pulitzer board has always been known for “spreading it around” to different topics and publications it seemed unlikely to award it a second year in a row to China coverage.
So it comes as somewhat of a shock, since even just this weekend, folks were not very optimistic about the bureau’s chances. Congrats also to the other great reporters and news assistants in the bureau that helped make it all happen.
The traditional speech by the presenter at the Pulitzer Prize ceremony in New York goes something like this: “Congratulations. You now know what your obituary will say — ‘Mei Fong, Pulitzer-prize winning reporter…’ ”