On Monday while the winners of the Pulitzer Prizes where announced, journalist where capturing moments and reporting on what could transform into an award winning story next year.
The Boston bombing tragedy over shadowed much of the news. In the midst of America grieving over yet another public assault on innocent people we missed the announcement of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalist.
The Pulitzer Prize has been “honoring excellence in journalism and the arts since 1917.” It is the highest honors a reporter, photographer, artist or publication can receive. This year the New York Times won four Pulitzer Prizes. Taking the categories in, Explanatory Reporting “for its penetrating look into business practices by Apple and other technology companies that illustrates the darker side of a changing global economy for workers and consumers.” They also won in International Reporting, exposing the government corruption of China. And in Investigative Reporting on Wal-mart and Feature Writing for a narrative piece about skiers killed in an avalanche integrated with multimedia elements.
Each year the there are 14 journalism categories. And there are 7 categories in arts of letters, drama and music. Although there is not always an annual winner selected for each category. In 2012 the Pulitzer board decided not to award a fiction prize. Leaving the publishing industry on the edge of their seats this year closely watching for who would win the fiction award. The award went to “The Orphan Master’s Son.” And this year there were two finalist: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank,” by Nathan Englander, and “The Snow Child,” by Eowyn Ivey.
It is almost ironic how the staff of The Denver Post won for Breaking News Reporting on the Aurora, Colorado Theater Shooting on the day of yet another tragedy. Even earlier Raquel blogged about challenging photojournalism ethics and the photo she used as an example won for Breaking News Photography.
This year the Pulitzer Prize award luncheon will be in May at the Low Library, Columbia University New York City. The annual luncheons began in 1984. Prior to that time Pulitzer Prize certificates, medals and checks were sent in the mail.
Going back to “Coaching Writers” and remembering that, writers get the byline and the glory. Editors toil in anonymity. Do you still feel the same as an editor knowing that your writer just won $10,000 for their work while all you can do is clap behind the curtain as they receive their award on stage? Also is winning a Pulitzer ever a dream you personally would like to become a reality?