All hail the Pulitzer winners! But as a bridesmaid myself long ago (National Reporting, 1982), I always give the list of finalists a careful read as well.
Here are some quick takeaways on trends among the 27 entries that took place and show in this year’s judging:
*The New York Times can’t win everything. Besides scoring the most winners with three The New York Times had an additional five finalists. The Pulitzer board sees all nominees and can thus produce a balanced ticket of winners. The separate juries, which pick the finalists, operate independently of each other. So it is fair to say the Times’s work bubbles to the top in many and diverse categories.
*Winners and runners-up were frequently from the same organizations. Read more