Pulitzer Prize

Pulitzer Prizes

Pulitzer Prizes, annual awards for achievements in American journalism, letters, and music. The prizes are paid from the income of a fund left by Joseph Pulitzer to the trustees of Columbia Univ. They have been awarded each May since 1917 on the recommendation of an advisory board comprising journalists, the president of the university, with the dean of the graduate school of journalism as secretary. Fourteen awards are given in journalism—$5,000 each for general news reporting, for investigative reporting, for national reporting, for international correspondence, for editorial writing, for editorial cartooning, and for spot news photography, feature photography, commentary, criticism, feature writing, explanatory journalism, specialized reporting (sports, business, science, education, or religion), and a gold medal for distinguished and meritorious public service in journalism. Special citations may also be presented for journalistic excellence and initiative in other categories. The prizes in letters, of $5,000 each, are for fiction, nonfiction, drama, history, biography, and poetry; works with American themes are preferred. The $5,000 musical composition award was added in 1943. Of four traveling scholarships (of $5,000 each), three are to graduates of the Columbia school of journalism and one is for a journalism student for criticism. Pulitzer directed that the winners "study social, political, and moral conditions of the people and the character and principles of the foreign press."

See studies by W. J. Stuckey (1966) and J. Hohenberg (1997).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Pulitzer Prize Story: News Stories, Editorials, Cartoons, and Pictures from the Pulitzer Prize Collection at Columbia University
John Hohenberg.
Columbia University Press, 1959
Should the Pulitzer Rules Be Changed? (Big - Paper Domination)
Brown, Doug.
American Journalism Review, Vol. 24, No. 4, May 2002
The Pulitzer Prize Plays, 1918-1934
Kathryn Coe; William H. Cordell.
Random House, 1935
The Reader's Encyclopedia: An Encyclopedia of World Literature and the Arts
William Rose Benét.
Thomas Y. Crowell, 1948
Librarian’s tip: "Pulitzer Prizes" begins on p. 890
Flash! The Associated Press Covers the World
Vincent Alabiso; Kelly Smith Tunney; Chuck Zoeller.
Associated Press; Harry N. Abrams, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Pulitzers" begins on p. 189
Pulitzer Prizes for Online Journalism?
Sander, Ernest.
American Journalism Review, Vol. 19, No. 5, June 1997
Alcoholism: Its Origins, Consequences and Costs: A Reporter's Journey into This Story Results in Lessons Learned-And a Pulitzer Prize. (Reporting on Health)
Newhouse, Eric.
Nieman Reports, Vol. 57, No. 1, Spring 2003
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