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May, 2015

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Mailed from Sterling, Ill. Inform Post Office if it arrives after May 15 May 2015 | Vol. 29, No. 5 INL ANDER THE Stay engaged. Find solutions. Move forward. By Mark Fitzgerald T he last time The Post and Courier won a Pulitzer Prize, in 1925, the award itself was only nine years old. But 90 years later, the Charleston, S.C., daily has won the most prestigious of the Pulitzers, the Public Service gold medal. In its citation, the Pulitzer committee said The Post and Courier deserved the high honor "for 'Till Death Do Us Part,' a riveting series that probed why South Carolina is among the deadliest states in the union for women and put the issue of what to do about it on the state's agenda." Inland member newspapers were well represented in the 2015 Pulitzer Prizes announced April 20. The Seattle Times won the Pulitzer for breaking news reporting while the Tulsa World was recognized as a finalist in the local reporting category and the Minneapolis Star Tribune as a finalist in editorial writing. The Post and Courier's series was published over five days in August and was reported and written by Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff. The series told the stories of domestic abuse survivors as well as some 300 women who were killed at the hands of their male partners over the past decade. The articles also focused on the lack of action on domestic abuse by South Carolina legislators. As the Pulitzer committee noted, the series spurred legis- lators to address the issue. "We are humbled and honored to receive such distinguished praise," Post and Courier Executive Editor Mitch Pugh told his paper. "But this series was really about making safer the lives of women in South Carolina. To see our infamously intransigent state Legislature jump into action was deeply rewarding. We hope we will see the ultimate prize soon: mean- ingful legislation that will help our state move forward." Talking to the newsroom after the Pulitzer announcement, Pugh said a "great deal of credit" for the award should go to Evening Post Industries, the newspaper's owner. "This is a family-owned, privately held company that cares deeply about the journalism it produces. Without that kind of unparalleled support, we couldn't do the kind of work we are doing today," Pugh said. "Till Death Do Us Part" this year also won the George Polk Award. The Seattle Times won this year's Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting. In its citation, the Seattle Times staff was recognized "for its digital account of a landslide that killed 43 people and the impressive follow-up reporting that explored whether the calamity could have been avoided." "We did what any good newsroom should do when a big PHOTO: GRACE BEAHM, COURTESY POST AND COURIER Charleston Post and Courier reporters Glenn Smith (left) and Doug Pardue (far right) cheer the announcement the paper was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Public Service gold medal for the series they and reporters Jennifer Berry Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff wrote. Inland newspapers are prized by Pulitzer judges Post and Courier wins the highest honor as Pulitzers recognize four member papers PULITZERS, CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 Inland fills the summer and autumn calendar with must-attend events Even as Inland hosts more than 60 webinars a year, providing opportunities for face-to-face gatherings on the most important issues facing the industry remains an important mission. The events on tap through the summer and fall will provide insight, strategic options and practical steps to enhance revenue, audience development and brand engagement. Mark your calendars. AUGUST 4-5 Circulation Management and Audience Development VENUE: Seyfarth Shaw LLP The Citadel, 131 S. Dearborn St. Chicago ACCOMMODATIONS: Blackstone Renaissance Chicago Hotel 636 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605 Conference room rate $184 Call (312) 447-0955 MEMBER FEE: $425 SECOND ATTENDEE SAVES 30%: $295 NON-MEMBER FEE: $700 AUGUST 6-7 Transforming Your Local Sales Model VENUE: Seyfarth Shaw LLP The Citadel 131 S. Dearborn St., Chicago ACCOMMODATIONS: Blackstone Renaissance Chicago Hotel 636 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605 Conference room rate $184 Reservations: (312) 447-0955 MEMBER FEE: $425 SECOND ATTENDEE SAVES 30%: $295 NON-MEMBER FEE: $700 CONFERENCES, CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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