Chittum, CJR Tweet Fleet Caught Napping

New York Times business editor Larry Ingrassia and TalkingBizNews’s Chris Roush take me to the woodshed this morning for an errant tweet yesterday:

In the past 24-plus hours there has been a lot of hand wringing about the lack of a Pulitzer Prize in business journalism this year. For example, on Monday, shortly after the Pulitzers were announced, Columbia Journalism Review writer Ryan Chittum tweeted the following: “Business journalism shut out of Pulitzers–again. I’d say that’s a statement.”

Hogwash, replies Larry Ingrassia, the business editor of the New York Times. The Pulitzers did recognize a business news story in the national reporting category, he notes.

Well, mea culpa for that. Times business reporter Matt Richtel’s driving-with-cellphones series did indeed pick up a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize.

I was imprecise in my 140 characters, and thus wrong. I’d like to shift blame to CJR’s crack staff of tweet editors and fact checkers, who were out smoking at the time.

What I meant was that no Pulitzer was given for financial-crisis coverage. Indeed, no Pulitzer has yet been awarded for coverage of the crisis.

And, yes, I’d say that’s a statement.

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Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at Follow him on Twitter at @ryanchittum.