Happy National Library Week!
The 2013 Pulitzer Prizes were announced recently, and lo and behold, Florida is represented twice in awards for journalism.
The Fort Lauderdale newspaper Sun Sentinel won the Public Service award for its "investigation of off-duty police officers who recklessly speed and endanger the lives of citizens." Whoa! Long live the watchdog press!
The Editorial Writing award went to Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth, who wrote pro-fluoride columns for the Tampa Bay Times, ultimately resulting in keeping Pinellas County's water fluoridated. No matter how you feel about fluoride in tap water, you must agree that the writing was impactful.
Many libraries provide print access to the nation's newspapers, and you can find thousands online in the Internet Public Library. You'll also find newspapers from Africa, Europe, the Middle East and lots more.
Power to the people!