Friday, April 18, 2008

Journalism

I wonder if the Pulitzer Prizes will ever adapt to accommodate reporting like this:

Two or three people are killed each day by others in Los Angeles County. Most of them died anonymously until Jill Leovy and her blog, The Homicide Report, came along.

For more than a year, Leovy made it her job to document every homicide in Los Angeles County. It had never been done before.

Like most big-city newspapers, the one Leovy works for -- The Los Angeles Times -- reports only the most "newsworthy" cases. But those killings, elementary school drive-bys and celebrity murders only account for 10 percent of the county's homicides, Leovy found.

She wanted to go deeper, to put a human face on the toll homicide was taking, particularly in L.A.'s black and Latino communities.

"The Web offered what the paper did not: unlimited space," Leovy wrote in a front-page story summarizing her year as creator and the first blogger for The Homicide Report.

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