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Pulitzer Prizes

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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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