Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pound Your Fist & Cross It Off Your List

With the Minneapolis Star Tribune on life support in bankruptcy fighting for its very survival, it almost doesn't seem fair to indulge in our annual mockery of their on-going failure to capture the most sought after prize in their industry. Almost.

So without further ado, let's turn things over to our faithful correspondent Jim for this year's update:

For the nineteenth consecutive year, the Star Tribune has NOT won a Pulitzer Prize. They didn't even have a single finalist, although the online-only Politico did.

When I first started reporting, on the fact that the Star Tribune had not won a Pulitzer Prize since their first and only prize in 1990, I was afflicting the comfortable. Now, after five years of covering the Strib's Pulitzer futility accompanied by their sharp financial decline, I'm starting to feel like I am afflicting the afflicted. Fortunately, I am not a real journalist, so I have no problem with that.

The Strib's dwindling apologists are running low on excuses. Clearly it was not former editor Anders Gyllenhaal who was holding them down; his new paper, The Miami Herald, won a Pulitzer this year. Nor can the draught be blamed on the Strib's bankruptcy status: the Detroit Free Press has recently decreased home delivery to three days a week, yet they also won a Pulitzer this year.

Ah well, there is always next year--if they can stay in business that long.

In addition to the Detroit Free Press, three other newspapers have moved past the Star Tribune by winning a Pulitzer this year. They are: the Glen Falls (NY) Post-Star, The Las Vegas Sun, and The East Valley Tribune (Mesa, AZ)

(Previous years: (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).

Here are the newspapers that are smaller than the Star Tribune that have somehow managed to win a Pulitzer Prize since 1990:

Miami Herald (9)

Portland Oregonian (5)

Sacramento Bee (4)

New Orleans Times-Picayune (4)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (3)

Baltimore Sun (3)

Birmingham (Ala.) News (2)

Christian Science Monitor (2)

Hartford Courant (2)

Lexington (Ky.) Herald Leader (2)

San Diego Union-Tribune (2)

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (2)

Seattle Times (2)

Newark Star-Ledger (2)

Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal

Albuquerque Journal

Asbury Park Press (Neptune N.J.)

Biloxi Sun Herald

Block Newspapers, Toledo, Ohio

Boston Phoenix

Cincinnati Enquirer

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Concord (N.H.) Monitor

Daily Tribune (Ames, Iowa)

Dayton (Ohio) Daily News

Des Moines Register

Detroit Free Press

East Valley Tribune (Mesa, AZ)

Glen Falls (NY) Post-Star

Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald

Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune

Indianapolis Star

Investor's Business Daily

Kansas City Star

Las Vegas Sun

Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune

Los Angeles Weekly

Louisville Courier-Journal

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer

Orange County Register

Philadelphia Daily News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Santa Rose (Calif.) Press Democrat

Providence Journal-Bulletin

Riverdale (N.Y.) Press

Rutland (Vt.) Herald

San Francisco Chronicle

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Toledo Blade

Village Voice

Virgin Island Daily News (St. Thomas)

White Plains (N.Y.) Journal News

Willamette Week (Portland)

The list grows and grows. One gets the sense the Strib's Pulitzer window is closing fast.

Speaking of the Strib, Vox Day has created a new blog called Kill the Strib:

While we appreciate comments from all vantage points, this site is totally a forum for political viewpoints. If you have a problem with the newspaper's content, we suggest that you post here the comment that was deleted at SavetheStrib.com. However, we are also looking for comments in defense of the Star Tribune, as we would very much like to point at you and laugh.

He asked us for our thoughts on whether the Strib should in fact die. Upon reflection, I realized that the Strib has been dead to me for some time. In last few years, I've come to view its fate with almost complete disinterest. I look upon its current thrashing in the water with a sense of detached amusement. When the Star Tribune finally does go down for the third and final time, I won't celebrate or mourn its passing, but merely make note of it. Oh, so it's finally over then, huh?

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