this is what it looked like in the office today

there was much celebration for winning journalism’s highest honor.

so many reasons a win for the LA Times is a win for the underdog.

Ruben Vives who won the award for the Bell scandal was the second ever Homicide Report blogger and before that he answered the phones.

Barbara Davidson talked about the impossibility of a Canadian girl to believe she would ever win such an award.

And then there’s the Times as a whole whose last 3-4 years have been distracted by numerous things a paper shouldn’t have to experience.

Don’t call it a comeback.

LA Times wins two Pulitzer Prizes

over Pulitzer Prizes

Says one new Pulitzer winner, Ruben Vives, who was answering the phones part time at the paper just three years ago:

“In a time when people say newspapers are dying This is a day we can say ‘no, not really.'”

Vives was one of the team who exposed the financial scandal in the city of Bell where public officials secretly lined their pockets with extravagant salaries and benefits to the detriment of one of the poorest cities in California.

Our editor Russ Stanton just wrote:

The Bell story is teamwork at its finest. Led by Jeff and Ruben, the Metro staff dived headlong into the story that expanded more quickly and broadly than anyone could have imagined. In addition to Jeff and Ruben, reporters who contributed to this outstanding — and ongoing — effort include Sam Allen, Hector Becerra, Andrew Blankstein, Kim Christensen, Paloma Esquivel, Jessica Garrison, Christopher Goffard, Scott Gold, Evan Halper, Corina Knoll, Jack Leonard, Marc Lifsher, Robert Lopez, Patrick McGreevy, Kim Murphy, Paul Pringle, Sam Quinones, Kay Saillant, Abby Sewell and Richard Winton. Columnists Steve Lopez, Michael Hiltzik, George Skelton, Jim Rainey and Hector Tobar brought added perspective and opinion. Handling the bulk of the editing duties were Shelby Grad, Steve Marble, Kimi Yoshino and Linda Rogers.

the answer is two

Canadian Barbara Davidson won a Pulitzer for feature photography told the packed LA Times newsroom that she felt like singing “Oh Canada”.

Also from Mr. Stanton:

Barbara won in the feature photography category for “Victims of Gang Violence,” her stunning series of images charting the terrible odyssey of the innocent victims caught in the crossfire. The series ran in the paper over three days last December and as an impressive online photo gallery and video presentation.

Deputy Photo Editor Mary Cooney oversaw the project, with assists from Jeremiah Bogert for print and Alan Hagman for digital. Myung J. Chun and Carlo Rinaldi helped with videography; Albert Lee, Bryan Chan, Marc Martin and Tim French, web production; Jeff Amlotte, post-production; Sean Connelley, flash technology; Stephanie Ferrell, web design; Armand Emamdjomeh, web production;  Brad Hanson, Jessica Parks, Christine De La Cruz, Mark McGonigle, copy editing. Kurt Streeter and Scott Gold provided the narrative.

There is currently much rejoicing

i get bored so easily america it’s insane

on fridayhow was your weekend? mine was peachy.

started off great with a sushi dinner with two of my closest amigas, one karisa j and one ali m.

we dined on a variety of interesting platters of seafood and vegetables from my favorite sushi place in the world, kanpai in westchester.

i wasnt at the top of my game for a plethora of reasons and both of the ladies were beaten down from the hectic week so we said to the waiter, surprise us, fascinate us, weird us the heck out.

so they brought dish after dish of things more exotic than the next. and we drank. all but me. i drank a little but not enough that i couldnt drive the precious cargo home.

then at karisas pad i poured shots for the ladies. they were bored they said, so a drinking game was played. but i was bored too. im getting more an more bored as this year progresses that i find myself doing weird things, like saying things i know wont end well. like doing things i know will cause controversy. or by not doing things that i know will please others.

i dont know when this spate of recklessness began but its in me and it likes it here. i dont ever wanna go out as someone boring. thats the worst thing i could ever be. but i also dont wanna be know as being a dummy. but sometimes you just have to ignore what the critics will say, and just lead with your heart.

after sushi ali and i shared a donut.