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Pulitzer Prizes

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Magazines can now enter all Pulitzer categories

The Pulitzer Prizes announced Wednesday that magazines can now enter every category in the annual contest, which traditionally recognized America's best newspaper journalism each year. The board made its decision last week after two years of experimentation. Two journalism categories were open to magazines in 2015, five this year. New Yorker staff writers had three finalists during that time, and … Read More
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This may be the best analogy in the history of journalism

Awarding Pulitzer Prizes to writers from the New Yorker has opened up a can of words. Magazine writing is just different from its newspaper cousin. There are many reasons, of course, perhaps the greatest of which is the width of the columns. Wider columns inspire longer paragraphs, which can make magazine stories seem more discursive. There are many … Read More
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Former editorial page editor added to Pulitzer win

A co-winner has been added to the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing, according to a press release from the prizes. Brian Gleason, who previously worked as editorial page editor at Florida's Sun Newspapers, is now listed as a co-winner alongside editor John Hackworth. Gleason, who now is the communications manager for Charlotte County government, contacted the paper and … Read More
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Here are some of the speeches from today's Pulitzer-winning newsrooms

Journalists gathered in newsrooms around the country today to celebrate Pulitzer Prize wins and sip champagne from plastic cups. They also listened to a lot of speeches. “The remarkable work of these four tenacious women is what brought this foul practice to light, led to real reform and freedom for more than 2,000 slaves," Kathleen Carroll, the Associated Press' executive … Read More
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The founder of a small Florida newspaper died days before its first Pulitzer win

There were no big celebrations Monday in the Charlotte Sun's newsroom, no champagne, no live-tweeting. It was the day of the first Pulitzer win for the Florida newspaper and for Editor John Hackworth and former editorial page editor Brian Gleason. But it was also the day print readers learned of the death of the newspaper's founder, Derek Dunn-Rankin. Read More
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Telegraphic reporting was a Pulitzer Prize category (and other trivia you didn't know you didn't know)

As you're combing through this year's Pulitzer Prize winners, here's a look at some Pulitzer history and trivia. The prizes, which were created in 1916 and this year celebrate their centennial edition, have changed in the last century (though maybe not quickly enough). In addition to the frequently recurring question of how to pronounce … Read More
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How do you pronounce Pulitzer?

Every year around this time, you'll hear two different things when people talk about the Pulitzer Prizes. There's the pull-it-sirs and the pew-lit-sirs. But why does the pronunciation of this name cause people confusion? Linguist Edwin Battistella wondered this, too, after his friend and Pulitzer winner James Risser told Battistella that he'd been saying it wrong. Here's what Battistella, who … Read More
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Only 2 of the original Pulitzer Prize categories still remain

While the Pulitzer Prizes might not be the first to recognize industry changes, they have changed over time. They've changed so much since first awarding prizes for journalism in 1917, in fact, that only one category of the prizes awarded that year still remains — editorial writing. (Public service was in with the first group of categories, but … Read More
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It's time to reinvent the Pulitzer Prizes for this media age

When newspaper baron Joseph Pulitzer willed a fortune to Columbia University before his death in 1911, journalism was a vastly different profession than it is today. Most associations like the American Society of Newspaper Editors and academic institutions that teach journalism — fixtures that professionalized the practice of newsgathering — were established later in the 20th century. Pulitzer's prizes landed in … Read More
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Dear Hollywood, here are 9 other Pulitzer-winning stories worth considering

Journalism had a good night at the Oscars. The "Best Picture" and "Best Screenplay" wins by "Spotlight" highlighted The Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. Journalism did well last year, too, when "CitizenFour" won in the best documentary category. But there's much more movie material out there. That doesn't mean those stories … Read More
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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
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'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
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