Snowden revelations win Pulitzer Prize

The London Guardian and the Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for publishing the revelations from Edward Snowden about the extent of NSA snooping.   After the jump, an excerpt and link to the complete slate of winners.  What does this list suggest about the role of journalism in this internet age?

Pulitzer Prize 2014 winners announced:


Public service

The Washington Post and the Guardian U.S. for coverage of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency

Finalist: Newsday for its expose of misconduct by Long Island police officers

Breaking news

The Boston Globe for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt

Finalists: The Arizona Republic Staff for wildfire reporting and The Washington Post for coverage of the Navy Yard shootings

Investigative reporting

Chris Hamby of the Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C., for his reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners

Finalists: Megan Twohey of Reuters for her exposure of an underground Internet marketplace where people buy and sell adopted children and Cynthia Hubert and Phillip Reese of The Sacramento Bee for stories about a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital that sends patients to other states

Explanatory reporting

Eli Saslow of The Washington Post for reporting on the use of food stamps in post-recession America

Finalists: Dennis Overbye of The New York Times for his coverage of the search for the “God particle” and Les Zaitz of The Oregonian for stories about lethal Mexican drug cartels moving to Oregon and other regions of the country

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