Congratulations to the 2010 Pulitzer Prize Winning MerlinOne Customers!
Having roots in the news business, every year I look forward to reading the announcement about who won the Pulitzer Prizes and at which newspapers they work.
For those non-news enthusiasts, the Pulitzer Prize, is named for famed journalist and publisher (and Jekyll Island, GA, former part-time resident), Joseph Pulitzer. Pulitzer put a mechanism in his will to establish a board that would issue prizes rewarding excellence in several categories. The first prizes were awarded in 1917. There are normally 21 prizes given in various categories.
The top newspapers in the United States use the Merlin digital asset management system, so there is a good chance each year that staff from at least one of our customers will win the coveted award. This year is no different.
Starting with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a Merlin-hosted digital asset management customer, which stores all of their photos, pages and news stories in the Merlin DAM, staff reporter Raquel Rutledge has won for local reporting. Ms. Rutledge won for her reports on the fraud and abuse in a child-care program for low-wage working parents that fleeced taxpayers and imperiled children, resulting in a federal crackdown on providers.
Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post (which uses MerlinOne for their photo assignment management system and to store all their photographs) won in the feature photography category for his intimate portrait of a teenager who joins the Army at the height of insurgent violence in Iraq, poignantly searching for meaning and manhood. I had the pleasure of viewing this multimedia package when The Denver Post photo editor Tim Rasmussen forwarded me the link back in September. It was phenomenal and Craig certainly deserved the award.
Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie of The Dallas Morning News, a new Merlin customer whose stories, photos and pages reside in our hosted DAM, won for Editorial Writing.
The New York Times, a longtime Merlin Picture Desk and Trax assignment management system user, had several staff members winning for Explanatory Reporting, and for National Reporting categories.
The Washington Post, another longtime Merlin Picture Desk and photo digital asset management user, had staff win in several categories. Anthony Shadid won for International Reporting, Gene Weingarten won for Feature writing, Kathleen Parker won for Commentary writing and Sarah Kaufman won for Criticism writing.
Kudos to all the winners from your proud MerlinOne family.
Posted by Rande Simpson
Photo by Mark Hoffman