Citizen Journalists, you know that's we are here, right? The mainstream media would rather see us locked in a basement and who could blame them? We scoop them, we call BS on their lies, and we don't back down.
That's why we need to support the movement to award the reporter who broke the story of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender and was punished severely for it.
Ed Kennedy (c. 1905 – November 29, 1963) deserves the Pulitzer.
The story is up on WaPo now and should be read...
Kennedy went to his room at the Hotel Scribe and stewed for 15 minutes. Then he found a military phone that he happened to know wasn’t monitored by censors. At 3:24 in the afternoon, he placed a call to AP’s London bureau.In 1948, in the August issue of The Atlantic Monthly, Kennedy published a personal essay about the embargo event entitled "I'd Do It Again."
“Germany has surrendered unconditionally,” he said, according to an account of the call by AP’s outgoing president, Tom Curley. “That’s official. Make the date[line] Reims, and get it out.”
Ed Kennedy’s story ran big in newspapers around the world. It should have been his greatest moment, but it became an ordeal. The military revoked his credentials, but that was the least of the indignities. His fellow correspondents turned on him, voting 54 to 2 to condemn him.
Currently, there are 54 journalists pressing for Kennedy to be posthumously awarded the nation's highest award for journalism. I think Kossack Citizen Journalists should join the fight.
Here are the 2011-2012 Pulitzer board members:
Danielle Allen, UPS Foundation Professor, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ
Jim Amoss, Editor, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA (Co-chair)
Randell Beck, President and Publisher, Argus Leader Media, Sioux Falls, SD
Robert Blau, Managing Editor for projects and investigations, Bloomberg News, New York, NY
Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University, New York, NY
Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor and Senior Vice President, Associated Press (Co-chair)
Joyce Dehli, Vice President for News, Lee Enterprises
Junot Díaz, Author and Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thomas Friedman, Columnist, The New York Times, New York, NY
Paul Gigot, Editorial Page Editor, The Wall Street Journal, New York, NY
Sig Gissler, Administrator, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
Steven Hahn, Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Nicholas Lemann, Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
Ann Marie Lipinski, Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (Co-chair)
Gregory Moore, Editor, The Denver Post, Denver, CO
Eugene Robinson, Columnist and Associate Editor, The Washington Post
Margaret Sullivan, Editor, The Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY
Paul Tash, Chairman and CEO, Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, FL
Jim VandeHei, Executive Editor and Co-founder, Politico
Keven Ann Willey, Vice President/Editorial Page Editor, The Dallas Morning News