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A Gifted Prank

By Samantha Scheltema

Frankly, I did not want to read a depressing story about parents neglecting their children or a girl surrounded by cockroaches and unable to fend for herself, which is what the first two Feature Stories were about on the Pulitzer Web site. The next story down was one about a violinist. Being a violinist myself, I was intrigued.

Pearls Before Breakfast, by Gene Weingarten was something that I could relate to in a couple ways. First, I love the violin; both listening to it and playing it, enough said. Second, the article was about what people do when walking past a beggar on the streets, playing instruments or just asking for money. I’ve always felt awkward walking past them, especially when I do have a bit of money I could spare. But, I am not used to them and must admit that I am one to just rush by.

Joshua Bell, a child prodigy on the violin(and someone I idolize), decided that he wanted to do an experiment, involving him standing at the L’Enfant Plaza Station, behind a trash can, playing the violin. What a crazy dude. He discovered that out of the 1,097 people who walked by in an hour; seven people stopped to listen for at least a minute and 27 gave money for a total of $32 and change.

Definitely an interesting read, it was kind of long (it described the entire process and even some background insight to Joshua Bell and his violin) but it was amazing to read as a fan. It was a great example of storytelling.


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Versed -Pulitzer Prize blog

By Patrice Hendrix

I chose to write about Pulitzer prize winner, Rae Armantrout, for her collection of poems in a book titled Versed, because my journalism focus is in the arts.

Armantrout is a poet and obviously a lover of the arts, just like me.  Her subject matter is similar to what I often write about, which are the unseen or far out things -be it the conscious mind or the universe.

Armantrout discusses the inner workings of the mind and a thing called dark matter which most believe make up the universe.  These topics are heavily themed in my own research as of late.  I have often set aside schoolwork in lieu of becoming this mad scientist who studies and researches the human consciousness, how it comes about, and what it actually means.

I often pen writings that could be categorized as politically incorrect and possibly wayward ideas about life.  Armantrout is said to have written her book in a way designed to separate us from everything we thought we knew about our own reality.

My reason for wanting to become a journalist is to put forth or review work that is similar the work of Armantrout.  The little I read on her book, Versed, has landed her in my shopping cart on Amazon!


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A horrifying mistake

When I was a freshman in high school, I wrote a research paper on child abuse. I had to manage my time well, because I could not sit at the computer for hours and do research. I could only read a few articles and case studies at a time because it was just too heart-wrenching.

This, I think, was harder. Because it wasn’t intentional. It was an accident.

Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is it a Crime? by Gene Weingarten won Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, and it’s no surprise why.

The story was on parents whose children had died because they had been forgotten in the backseat. My favorite quote from the article sums it up pretty well:

What kind of person forgets a baby?

The wealthy do, it turns out. And the poor, and the middle class. Parents of all ages and ethnicities do it. Mothers are just as likely to do it as fathers. It happens to the chronically absent-minded and to the fanatically organized, to the college-educated and to the marginally literate. In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. A paralegal. An electrician. A Protestant clergyman. A rabbinical student. A nurse. A construction worker. An assistant principal. It happened to a mental health counselor, a college professor and a pizza chef. It happened to a pediatrician. It happened to a rocket scientist.

The amount of reporting done was impeccable; Weingarten was able to collect enough data to give anecdotes as well as hard facts. He paints the picture of interviews conducted before giving the reader information about the brain that explains how a person can forget their child in the backseat. It’s conversational but extremely informative. I wanted to cry and get as far away from my computer as possible, but it was so well-written that I could not take my eyes away.

But I will admit: there was a photo gallery that I couldn’t bring myself to look at.

By Annie Perry

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Weekly Blog-Pulitzer Prize Story

By Lindsay Nowak

The Pulitzer Prize story I chose to read was a feature story from the Washington Post called Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car is a Horrifying Mistake. Is it a Crime? written by Gene Weingarten.

This story was incredibly powerful and descriptive. The story starts off describing the courtroom scene during a trial. A father is charged in the death of his  toddler son after he had forgotten about him in the backseat of his car while working nearly nine hours that day.

The story then goes from this to other cases where parents have been confused, out of it, and just distracted by multiple things. Purely there is no intent to do harm, but these parents are caught up in their busy, everyday lives, they are leaving their children in their cars, to sit there and suffocate.

It’s an incredibly moving article to read, not only to read about the personal stories of so many this has happened to, but to catch a glimpse of what the prosecutors’ thoughts are as they charge these individuals and why.

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Entertainment 4/20/10

Green Day is on Broadway?

On April 20, Green Day‘s musical “American Idiot” will open on Broadway at St. James Theatre. The production is structured off of the band’s 2004 album “American Idiot”, and features 24 actors acting, dancing, and singing their way through drug abuse and rebellion. It is a rock opera, similar to that of The Who‘s “Tommy“. Green Day themselves does not perform in the show, although front man Billy Joe Armstrong wrote the book for the musical, along with director Michael Mayer.

Radical Islamic Website Takes On South Park

Islamic website radicalmuslim.com is going after South Park because an episode last week included an image of the Prophet Mohammed in disguise.  The website, based in New York, was the subject of a CNN investigation last year due to radical rhetoric supporting “Jihad” against the West and praising Osama Bin Laden. The website posted an entry after the 200th episode last week included a satirical discussion about whether an image of the prophet could be shown. In the end, he is portrayed disguised in a bear suit.

Mr. Cinderella: From Rejection Notes to the Pulitzer

April 19–As a graduate of Iowa Writers’ Workshop six years ago, Paul Harding sent his novel manuscript to a handful of agents and editors in New York, only to receive rejection letters. Not only did he eventually find a publisher, the Bellevue Literary Press, for his novel “Tinkers,” Harding won Pulitzer Prize for fiction last week. Even though it “sunk under the radar” in some spots, “Tinker” made several year-end best lists, and many independent bookstores are claiming Harding’s victory as their own.

Mo’Nique’s brother admits he molested her

April 19–During Oprah Winfrey‘s talk show on Monday, Gerald Imes admitted to molesting his sister, Oscar winner Mo’Nique, when they were children. Imes said the molestation lasted for a year or two and began when he was 13 and she was 7 or 8. He apologized during Winfrey’s show and said he “abused and betrayed the trust of another sibling, my sister, my blood sister.” Mo’Nique hasn’t responded to a request for comment sent to her publicist, but she was aware of the interview on Winfrey’s show and “gave Winfrey her blessing.”

by Taylor Benson and Annie Perry

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Ian Fisher: American Soldier

By: Sam Schmitt

The Denver Post won the Pulitzer for Feature Photography with a multimedia collection called Ian Fisher: American Soldier. Craig F. Walker, a photojournalist at the Denver Post, documented Ian Fisher through his journey in the army. From his senior year, Walker followed Fisher through graduation, basic training, his first assignment and one year in Iraq.

Walker took photographs, video footage and reported on Fisher’s day-to-day life. In the beginning, Fisher had problems adjusting to his life in the army, but he soon learned the consequences of slacking off.

Walker did an incredible job capturing even the smallest moments and tells the story in such an attention-grabbing way. I wouldn’t be able to do the collection justice by attempting to describe it; you need to see for yourself.

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Pulitzer Prize Cartoonist

Mark Fiore is an editorial cartoonist who creates political cartoons from an undisclosed location in San Francisco. His work appears regularly in a wide variety of online news web sites. I felt like he efficiently utilizes his multimedia skills with every cartoon he illustrates. Not only are the editorial cartoons informative, but they are visually capitvating and interesting, which is what many web surfers are looking for.

Today is an age where even well-written articles are overlooked, simply because society looks for an easier way to get their news. They want videos that play with the click of a button.

Though, with an age so driven by visual entertainment on the internet, the content in these videos must also be easily grasped and understood. Mark Fiore does all of that–and then some.

Not only are the cartoons well-crafted artistically, but the scrfipts behind them are EXTREMELY well written. The voice overs are well fitting and the sound effects create the perfect scene. The animations tackle hard topics with a sense of humor and deliver your “NEWS in a NUTSHELL.”

As a side note, everyone should watch “Un-gay.” Hilarious!

By Mo Hnatiuk

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