Handicapping the Strib's Pulitzer odds

Editor & Publisher magazine has an article identifying likely Pulitzer contenders and, no surprise, it mentions the Strib's bridge collapse coverage as a possibility in the "breaking news" category:

Another breaking news contender is the August bridge collapse in Minnesota's Twin Cities. Both The Star Tribune of Minneapolis and the St. Paul Pioneer Press drew accolades for going all out on the story, with Web coverage and follow-ups in print and online. Both papers, as well as numerous national outlets, also focused on the lengthy list of bridges and structures nationwide later found to have been deemed unsafe or deficient.

According to E&P, the Strib's competition is likely to include: -- the Roanoke (Va.) Times, Washington Post and Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch for coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre. -- The Post & Courier in Charleston, S.C. is a "dark horse" contender for its coverage of a June sofa fire that killed nine. -- The Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald could win for its coverage of the December mall shooting that killed eight.

I've always thought the breaking news category isn't really a measure of a paper's greatness so much as which city got hit with the worst tragedy in the last year, and this list is no exception.

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