Articles about "Pulitzer Prizes"


Five things I learned from prize-winning journalism

I did something last year that I hadn’t done before in all my years as a journalist: I read (or otherwise consumed) virtually all of our profession’s prize-winning work.

The task was awe-inspiring; it gave me a new bar for … Read more


Dylan Byers handicaps the Pulitzers’ “toughest decision in at least four decades”:

Two teams are being considered for their work on the NSA leaks, POLITICO has confirmed. One is made up of The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, who published the first landmark report on the NSA’s collection of Verizon phone records, and have since played an integral role in building upon those revelations. The other is Poitras and Barton Gellman, who reported on the wide-ranging surveillance program known as “PRISM” for The Washington Post.

Here, too, the Board faces a challenge: In the eyes of privacy advocates, Greenwald’s work has been much more consequential in the larger arc of the Snowden story, and it was Greenwald who flew to Hong Kong to meet with Snowden and earn his trust. But Greenwald, a staunch anti-surveillance advocate with a brash, outsider’s persona, is not the type of journalist the Pulitzer Board has typically admired. Gellman, by contrast, with his serious and soft-spoken demeanor and decades in the business, comes straight out of Pulitzer central casting. But on what grounds could the Pulitzers recognize Gellman and not Greenwald?

Dylan Byers, Politico


Could Guardian, Washington Post share a Pulitzer for Snowden stories?

Pulitzer judges meet this weekend to begin choosing the latest winners. Chronologically, the awards come later than most, and you can find winners in awards that come out earlier in the year. There are a lot of those awards, however, so it's not an exact predictor, said Roy J. Harris Jr., author of “Pulitzer’s Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism,” in a phone interview with Poynter.
"And they're secret," he said of the Pulitzers, "so you never know who's been nominated."

But with Sunday's announcement of the shared George Polk Award between The Guardian and The Washington Post for their NSA reporting, it's worth a bit of speculation.

"It's unusual, but not unheard of, for the Pulitzers to go to two publications covering facets of the same story," Harris wrote in an e-mail. "Last time was 2006, when the Public Service Pulitzer went to the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and the Sun Herald in Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss., for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina." (more...)

4 things Pulitzer winners have in common

The winners of four 2013 Pulitzer Prizes came together Tuesday night at Poynter to talk about their work and their wins. They came from Florida, New York and a shop with people scattered around the country, from three large papers and one nonprofit news site. They won for work on speeding cops, diluted bitumen, fluoride in the water and cross-border corruption at Wal-Mart. Other than that Pulitzer, the work of the seven people present Tuesday night didn't have much in common. But, for most, the processes they used to produce their work did. (more...)
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Sig Gissler will retire as Pulitzer administrator

Sig Gissler will retire from his job as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, Columbia University announced Wednesday. He's had the post since 2002. Danielle Allen of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study will lead a search committee to replace Gissler. Others involved, per the release:
Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University; Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia Journalism School; Paul Gigot, editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal; and [Paul] Tash, chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times. Ann Marie Lipinski, Curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and former member of the Pulitzer Board, will serve as counsel to the committee. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Susan Glancy, in President Bollinger's office, using the e-mail address of

Pulitzer Prize board seeks broader participation in editorial writing category
The Pulitzer Prize board is encouraging smaller publications to submit entries in the editorial writing category.

Paul Tash, chair of the Pulitzer board and CEO of Poynter's Tampa Bay Times, writes in a letter: "Contrary to common perception, a competitive entry need not be an editorial campaign that focuses on a particular issue and shows results, such as the passage of a law or the jailing of a corrupt official." Pulitzer-winning editorials, he said, "influence and advance public debate" and "get people to see things differently."

Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, said via email that "over the last decade or so, participation by smaller news organizations has declined."

The Tampa Bay Times' Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth won the 2013 Pulitzer for editorial writing.

Here's Tash's full letter, which was posted on and sent to the American Society of News Editors, the Association of Opinion Journalists and other potential entrants. (more...)

Tampa Bay Times CEO will head Pulitzer board

Columbia University announced Wednesday that Tampa Bay Times chairman and CEO Paul Tash will chair the Pulitzer Prize board. Tash became a member of the board in 2006. Chairmen serve for one year, while board members serve a maximum of nine years.
Tash in 2011. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Tash, a former editor of the Times, replaces Denver Post Editor Gregory Moore and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, who served as co-chairs.

Poynter owns the Tampa Bay Times; Tash is also chairman of Poynter's board of trustees. The Tampa Bay Times' Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth won a Pulitzer last month for a series of editorials on fluoride in drinking water, and its writers Alexandra Zayas and Kelley Benham were finalists in two other categories. The paper has nine Pulitzers.

4 questions about the Pulitzer Prizes

Discussion of the winners and finalists for the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes was muted Monday, as news producers and consumers turned their attention to the bombings in Boston. But 24 hours later, enough time has passed for a little journo-navel-gazing:

What does it take for women to win Pulitzers? Before 1991, a graduate degree and a Northeastern upbringing helped, University of Missouri professor Yong Volz and Chinese University of Hong Kong professor Francis L. F. Lee write in a new study. The study, which I first wrote about in October, was published by Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly earlier this month.

Those advantages compensated for a historical bias against women both in newsrooms and in prize competitions, Volz and Lee write. Statistics showed them the importance of those advantages lessened after 1991, but "gender disadvantage has not completely disappeared," they write.

Even after 1991, only 26.9% of all Pulitzer winners in journalism were females. The percentage is lower than the percentage of females in American newsrooms, which stands at about 33%.
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Javier Manzano first freelance photographer to win Pulitzer in 17 years

Javier Manzano was "shocked" when he found out he had won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.

“To be honest, I am still having a bit of trouble processing the magnitude of the recognition,” Manzano, a freelancer for Agence France-Presse, said by email Tuesday morning. “I feel privileged to be [in] the company of my colleagues who also work as freelancers in some of the most challenging environments with little or no outside support.”

Freelancers have won Pulitzer prizes in the past, but not nearly as often as full-time journalists have. Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler told Poynter that it's been 17 years since a freelance photographer won a Pulitzer. (Two freelance photographers -- Charles Porter IV and Stephanie Welsh -- won in 1996.)

Manzano won for a photo of two rebel soldiers guarding their sniper’s nest in Aleppo, as light streams through bullet holes in the wall behind them. Karmel Jabl, the neighborhood in which Manzano captured the photo, separates many of the major battlegrounds in Aleppo. (more...)
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Pulitzer, finalists are source of pride for Poynter

My usual pride in the Poynter Institute derives from its benign influence on journalists across the globe. Such influence may flow from a seminar or conference, an online course, or work published on this website. We teach journalism in the … Read more