WSJ wins Pulitzer Prize!

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…’ ”

14 thoughts on “WSJ wins Pulitzer Prize!

  1. Hi! It’s me again.

    I am Lim Wing Hooi from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR). I am currently a final year Journalism student. I also did my internship at The Star in Newsdesk.

    I am currently doing my final year project to share some of the journalist view on journalism education, or whether this course is successful in producing good journalist. At the same time, to also let the students know what journalist today think a good journalist should be.

    This questionnaire is part of my research for my final year project which will be submitted to my university as partial fulfillment of my Bachelor of Communication (HONS) Journalism program in Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).

    The research is about journalism education in Malaysia. In this research I intend to find out if there is correlation in attending a 2 to 3 year diploma or degree program that specializes in media or journalism with creating good journalist.

    I hope you can spare me some time to answer the questionnaire.

    Thank you.

    Regards,

    Lim Wing Hooi

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    1) How long have you been practicing journalism?

    2) Do you have a formal degree/diploma in journalism?

    3) If yes, where did you do your degree/ diploma? (or crash course?)

    3b) Have you won any award related to journalism?

    4) If no, have you been in any situation where you felt you were at a disadvantage for not getting a journalism education?

    4b) (If you have degree in any other subject) Why did you choose to do journalism rather than doing what you were educated for?

    5) How long was the duration of your degree/diploma? What year was it?

    6) Do you find the degree/ diploma helpful?

    7) If yes, what did you find helpful? Do you still recall the subject?

    8) Were there things you did find helpful?

    9) What should be the qualities of a good journalist?

    10) What do you think makes a good journalist or how is a good journalist “made”?

    11) Do you think that a journalism education is the most important element to produce journalists with a solid journalism background?

    12) If yes, tell me more. If no, what are the elements that you think are more important.

    13) What are the qualifications of the reporters at your desk/ company?

    14) Do you find anything lacking in your reporters (or in journalist today, in general, according to your observation, if you do not wish to comment on your reporters?)

    15) Do you think a journalism education (e.g. attending a 2-4 year diploma or degree course) could fill the void?

    16) Do you see any difference between graduate and non-graduate journalists? What are the differences and what do you think caused them?

    17) What do you look for when you hire journalist for your desk?

    18) What are the paper qualifications required in joining your company?

    19) Are there any differences in the pay scale, benefits etc to people with better paper qualifications? Or are there other considerations, e.g experience?

    20) What is the job scope for a fresh graduate joining your company?

    21) Do you provide training for fresh journalists?

    22) If yes, can you describe the training or its components?

    23) Do think journalism education is important now? Do you think there were differences compared to previous times, e.g. your company provided training last time but now it doesn’t etc? Have things changed in the last 10-20 years regarding training, allocation of duties, etc?

    Thank you so much for your time!

    Wing Hooi

  2. To everyone who happen to read my entry, I have sent an email to Andrew Lih to remove my entry as it was not my original intention have it posted on a blog or to get any feedback through blogs.

    It was rather an optimistic hope on my part that I could reach May Fong. I would hope to have at least an email interview where she could reply at her own personal space and not in blogs.

    I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience cost.

    Regards,
    Lim Wing Hooi

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