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Why it’s great the Times won 2 Pulitzers

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I have some pretty strong thoughts on the Pulitzers, specifically the pursuit of them. But I’ll hold off while the Times is still celebrating (Yeah, champagne and cake! Only problem is wondering who will get laid off in order pay for those bottles of Veuve). And the Times should celebrate and we, as its local readers, should be proud of the newspaper.

Think of all the major awards given out…the Oscars, the Grammys, the Tonys, etc. Then think of all those other noble awards, like the Peabodies. It’s not like St. Petersburg has a lot of Academy Award winners walking around Central Avenue. But we have a newspaper that just won two Pulitzers. The New York Times, with 100 times the reach, won 5. So our little Bad News Bears are on par with the Gray Lady. They’re better than the LA Times, or the Dallas Morning News. The St. Pete Times is the third paragraph in this year’s story announcing the Pulitzer winners. This is the journalistic equivalent of the Rays winning the pennant.

So today, and perhaps today only, if you’re around Atlanta Bread Company or Starbucks and you see someone with one of those green Times ID badges, offer to buy them a cup of coffee. They won’t accept. They can’t. But you can thank them for what they do. Just this week, they brought down a corrupt Speaker of the Florida House. With all my snarkiness, with all my contempt for their ineffective online activities, the Times is still a treasure.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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