Pulitzer for Blogs: Revisting the BlogitzersIn April 2007, I wrote about the idea of Blogitzers - Pulitzers for Blogging. Now that the Pulitzer Prizes in the United States have announced they will accept entries from Online Only publications, I paid my old post a visit. I had written that if we had the Blogitzers up and running, we should have awarded the following:
- the blogger who helped bring Don Emus to book.
- the Newsvine user who brought the Virginia Tech shooting to front page.
- The blogger in India who brought attention to the alleged misdeeds at a supposed premier business school.
- Bloggers in Egypt who are standing up to the dual opposition of an autocratic government and muslim hardliners.
- Bloggers who converted their blogs into successful books.
- Blogger who helped bring a new music talent in public eye.
How I would promote the Blogitzers:
This would encourage people to go after the real stories rather than indulging in navel-gazing political stories and odd opinion stuff. We have enough of the Friedmans and Gladwells.
I know doing investigative journalism involves time and money but at least this would be a start. I would go ahead, tie up with Lulu.com or Blurb.com, build a separate site for the Blogitzers and sell books based on the award winning stories written by the winners and ensuring that winners got the maximum money from sale of their books, avoiding as much middleman-related grime as possible.
I would love to listen to what you think about the Blogitzers.