January 8, 2016

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 State Humanities Councils. The two organizations worked together on a process that resulted in grants to 46 state humanities councils for Pulitzer Prize-themed projects.

The first of the four big events takes place at Poynter in late March and focuses on “The Voices of Social Justice and Equality.” In May, the Los Angeles Times and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism will host “War, Migration and the Quest for Peace.” In June, the Dallas Morning News, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the LBJ Presidential Library will look at “The People, the Presidency and the Press.” And the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard will host “Power, Accountability and Abuse” in September.

Paul Gigot, chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board and editorial page editor and vice president of The Wall Street Journal, points out that the four marquee programs “will give us a chance not only to celebrate Pulitzer history but also to focus on challenges that remain relevant as we begin our second century.”

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Kristen Hare teaches local journalists the critical skills they need to serve and cover their communities as Poynter's local news faculty member. Before joining faculty…
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