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Second Pulitzer Prize for Propublica

Paul Steiger, chief editor of, writes on his site:

“ProPublica reporters Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein have been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their stories on how some Wall Street bankers, seeking to enrich themselves at the expense of their clients and sometimes even their own firms, at first delayed but then worsened the financial crisis. We at ProPublica are delighted by this award, and deeply honored.

This is ProPublica’s second Pulitzer Prize in as many years. Last year, ProPublica reporter Sheri Fink won a Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting for her article “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” on euthanasia at a New Orleans hospital in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, published in partnership with The New York Times Magazine. This was the first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded to an online news organization. This year’s Prize is the first for a group of stories not published in print.”

Indeed a good job.

In 2010 Paul Steiger was in Italy to attend the International Journalism Festival of Perugia, and that’s where I had the chance to meet and interview him for a few minutes. During our short conversation I asked Mr Steiger about Propublica and its business model as well as about his view on journalism and its future.

Watch his answers – still very up-to-date – in the following video.

Interview: Paul Steiger on ProPublica

Paul steiger - foto di Luca sartoniPaul Steiger is editor-in-chief, president and chief executive of ProPublica, first online news site to win a Pulitzer Price. Today he gave a speech during the International Journalism Festival of Perugia and then I had the chance to interview him for the Festival official webtv.

My questions were:

1) Your definition of ProPublica in very few words.
2) What is ProPublica business model?
3) Newspaper are struggling to survive. Are paywalls the right solution?
4) When online, people are using more and more tools to filter news. Someone says there’s the risk of an echo chamber phenomenom, where the reader can live their entire life without encountering a different opinion. Do you think it’s true?
5) We are used to think that the Internet revolution is based on a “one to one” conversation, but experiences like yours are proving that the “one to many model” is still powerful. What do you think will be the evolution of this paradigm?
6) Is there a chance you will localize Propublica in other countries? In Italy for example?
7) Are you going to save Journalism?