Hard Target

U.S. Military is pressed to probe run-ins between reporters and troops in Iraq

"The big national issue is not necessarily going to be something that a small paper will take on other than through wire stories," says the Rutland Herald's winner, David Moats. "Also, the big papers have a lot of resources. I was on the Pulitzer jury [in 2002] , and The New York Times walked away with a truckload of awards—and rightfully so. I mean, they had the resources for dealing with September 11."

Too bad, because a big story demands more—not fewer—newspapers on the case.

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