Underdog Journalism

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

For journalists, having a Pulitzer Prize is being at the top of the mountain. It's the highest accomplishment one can have, but most claim only the ones who are associated with nationally renowned newspapers are the only ones who receive it.

That's about to change.

Poynter's Mallory Jean Tenore is asking the Twitter community to help nominate journalists who are worthy of a prestigious award, such as the Pulitzer. Tenore came up with the hashtag #bestoverlooked for those who wish to nominate pieces of extraordinary work. It can come from any type of media - print, online, TV and radio.

Categories for Best Overlooked include: Best Series, Best Site, and Best Curation.

There have been a few nominations being thrown into the hat on Twitter in each category but I don't think a few will be enough. If you have read something in the past that you thought was a brilliant piece of work, nominate it.

After all, we are all journalists trying to get our stories shared.

Photo Credit: Parker Duofold via Creative Commons


April Sigmund April 20, 2011 at 11:45 AM  

I think this is a great way to give unknown journalists the credit they deserve. These journalists work just as hard as well known ones, if not harder to establish themselves in the journalism world.

Katie Buchholz April 20, 2011 at 12:39 PM  

It's kind of what Brian said about us Simpson students, we have to work harder than Drake or ISU students because we are the 'underdogs' or overlooked. We want to work harder to achieve that goal just like these journalists.

Erin Gerken April 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM  

I think it is very unique that they are doing this, especially through Twitter. It's a great way to make such a typically high-profile award more available to the more average journalist.

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