April 17, 2014

E.L. Doctorow

E.L. Doctorow

Jim Romenesko reports that investigative reporter Chris Hamby has left CPI to work for Buzzfeed—only two days after winning a Pulitzer prize. “I’m thrilled to be joining a powerhouse team that will combine the time-honored rigors of investigative journalism with the creativity, technological prowess and reach of BuzzFeed,” Hamby says. In related news, ABC has accused CPI of downplaying the network’s contributions to Hamby’s yearlong report, which exposed how doctors, lawyers, and coal-industry executives worked together to deny medical benefits to miners suffering from black lung. CPI has responded to ABC News President Ben Sherwood with an open letter: “The truth is that ABC did not join the investigation until part-way through, it focused on only one part of a multi-part series, and its reporting was sporadic and almost entirely geared toward the needs of television, not original content for the print series.”

At Harriet, Patricia Lockwood grapples with a persistent question: “Is writing poetry work?

E.L. Doctorow has won the 2014 Library of Congress Award for American Fiction.

Amazon is hoping to expand into Scandanavia, but according to a news report in The Local, the online bookseller is having trouble acquiring the amazon.se domain name, which is owned by Amazon AB, a small advertising agency based in Stokholm.