Pulitzer Prizes

Pulitzer Prizes turn 100 this year, will celebrate with 4 big events

The Pulitzer Prizes will celebrate 100 years with four marquee events, according to a press release on Friday, focusing on "former Pulitzer winners, their prize-winning work and the journalistic and cultural values that the prizes represent." The heart of the Pulitzer centennial celebration is the Campfires Initiative, a collaboration between the Pulitzer Prize Board and the Federation of … Read More

'Investigative reporting is obviously alive and well' and other observations from first-time Pulitzer jurors

Pulitzer Medals. (Photo from Columbia University) This year, several first-time Pulitzer Prize jurors came from online news organizations and platforms, including Quartz, Twitter, Trove, The Marshall Project and The Texas Tribune. I spoke with three of them about their experiences judging the Pulitzers. They can't talk in specifics about entries, but they did talk about what the Pulitzers … Read More

Sports writers snubbed by the Pulitzer committee, again

Dave Anderson never expected the call. In 1981, the New York Times sports columnist learned he was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. “It really came as a surprise,” Anderson said. “I didn’t even know I was nominated.” Anderson, now 85 and still churning out the occasional column for the Times, recalled his big honor Monday … Read More

The winner for the best Pulitzer Prize lead is….

Let’s say you walk into a bookstore with about $25 in your pocket on the prowl for a good read.  You pick up one volume, open to the beginning and read a short chapter called “Leaflets”: "At dusk they pour from the sky.  They blow across the ramparts, turn cartwheels over rooftops, flutter into the ravines between houses.  Entire streets … Read More

Post and Courier’s 90-year Pulitzer drought ends with public service gold

One of the winners, Natalie Caula Hauff celebrates in the newsroom. She left journalism for the PR before the announcement was made.Doug Pardue of the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier vividly recalls what inspired the title for the newspaper’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning series—which powerfully details how women in the state are being killed by domestic partners at … Read More

For The Wall Street Journal, a Pulitzer long in the making

On Monday, the staff of The Wall Street Journal won a Pulitzer for investigative journalism, splitting the prize with The New York Times. The citation accompanying the award, given for the Journal's project on the Medicare system, noted the paper's "unprecedented access" to previously undisclosed health care provider data. That access wasn't easy to obtain. In fact, the Pulitzer … Read More

Looking at the Pulitzers…with Pride

Screengrab of Mike Pride, Pulitzer Prize Administrator, announcing the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners at a press conference held in the Pulitzer World Room, Pulitzer Hall, Columbia University.Ask Pulitzer Prize administrator Mike Pride what lessons to draw from the 2015 awards—his first since taking over for the now-retired Sig Gissler—and you can almost hear the echo of another … Read More

Bloomberg gets its first Pulitzer

Goliath came out of the shadows Monday. Bloomberg News won its first Pulitzer for engrossing work by reporter Zachary Mider on corporate tax avoidance. His stories were cited for a “painstaking, clear and entertaining explanation of how so many U.S. corporations dodge taxes and why lawmakers and regulators have a hard time stopping them,” according to the formal … Read More

For the photojournalists who covered Ferguson, winning a Pulitzer is 'an odd feeling'

A demonstrator throws back a tear gas container after tactical officers worked to break up a group of bystanders on Chambers Road near West Florissant on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (Photo by Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch) On Monday afternoon, a few hours after winning a Pulitzer for breaking news photography with the photo staff at the St. Read More

Here's what it's like to win a Pulitzer

I spoke with four Pulitzer-Prize winners to find out how winning has changed their lives and affected their journalism. All three said the prize opens doors but it also adds pressure to live up to the high expectations of having "Pulitzer Prize Winner" on your resume. Poynter.org spoke with: Jacqui Banaszynski, Knight Chair professor at the University … Read More

Among the Pulitzer finalists, traditional treatments dominate

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 … Read More

Women won more individual Pulitzers this year than they have in the last 5

2015’s Pulitzer jury awarded more prizes to individual women in journalism categories than it has since 2010. Five women won individual awards this year, and one woman won as part of a team, according to the Pulitzer site. Here are 2015’s individual female winners, not including women who won as part of a team or staff: National Reporting: … Read More

Champagne in plastic cups and other Pulitzer celebrations

The Pulitzer Prizes are one of journalism’s most prestigious awards, an honor that any newsroom would be incredibly proud of. And how does one celebrate such a lofty success? With speeches, champagne and lots of hugging. Here’s how some of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners celebrated their wins: [View the story "2015 Pulitzer celebrations" on Storify] … Read More

Here are the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners

The 99th annual Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday. Here's a look at the winners: Public Service Reporting Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina for the series "Till Death Do Us Part." Finalists: The Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal Breaking News Reporting The Seattle Times for coverage of the Oso mudslide. Read More

The Pulitzer Prizes by the numbers

In advance of the announcement of the Pulitzer Prizes at 3 p.m. today, here are some interesting facts surrounding the creation and administration of journalism's most prestigious awards. The facts are from the official website of the Pulitzer Prizes, unless otherwise noted. 21: The number of prizes normally awarded by the Pulitzer Prizes every year. 2,400: The Prizes … Read More