Curiously, the Pulitzer jurors declined to give an outright award in the category for the first time — an anomaly noted in coverage of the prizes. Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler told Poynter.org that the category had the fewest entries and required a majority vote of the 16-member board to win. Personally, we think photographer John Partipilo in particular got robbed. But when it comes to flood coverage, it wouldn't be the first time Nashville's been shafted by the national media.
As competitors, we're chewing glass with envy. But as Nashvillians, we can't help but be proud when a hometown paper brings the city a national honor. And we're glad to see a news organization rewarded for an effort that requires a huge staff, something completely out of favor in the current slash-and-burn era. The next time Gannett orders mandatory employee furloughs, after The New York Times reported the company's top six executives stand to make $28 million in 2010 compensation packages, maybe that Pulitzer nod will remind the brass there's a reason to keep all those boots on the ground — or as the case may be, those galoshes.