Pulitzer Prize

one of a group of annual prizes in journalism, literature, music, etc., established by Joseph Pulitzer: administered by Columbia University; first awarded 1917.

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Any of a series of annual prizes awarded by Columbia University for outstanding public service and achievement in American journalism, letters, and music.

Fellowships are also awarded. The prizes, originally endowed with a gift of $500,000 from Joseph Pulitzer, are highly esteemed and have been awarded each May since 1917 on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, composed of judges appointed by the university. The numbers and categories of prizes have varied over the years. Today they include 14 awards in journalism, six in letters, one in music, and four fellowships.

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      any of a series of annual prizes awarded by Columbia University, New York City, for outstanding public service and achievement in American journalism, letters, and music. Fellowships are also awarded. The prizes, originally endowed with a gift of $500,000 from the newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer (Pulitzer, Joseph), are highly esteemed and have been awarded each May since 1917. The awards are made by Columbia University on the recommendation of The Pulitzer Prize Board, composed of judges appointed by the university. The prizes have varied in number and category over the years but currently number 14 prizes in the field of journalism, 6 prizes in letters, 1 prize in music, and 4 fellowships.

      The following is an official list of awards in journalism:

1. For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper through the use of its journalistic resources which may include editorials, cartoons, and photographs, as well as reporting, a gold medal.
2. For a distinguished example of local reporting of spot news, $3,000.
3. For a distinguished example of investigative reporting within a newspaper's area of circulation by an individual or team, presented as a single article or series, $3,000.
4. For a distinguished example of explanatory journalism that illuminates significant and complex issues, $3,000.
5. For a distinguished example of beat reporting, $3,000.
6. For a distinguished example of reporting on national affairs, $3,000.
7. For a distinguished example of reporting on international affairs, including United Nations correspondence, $3,000.
8. For a distinguished example of feature writing giving prime consideration to high literary quality and originality, $3,000.
9. For distinguished commentary, $3,000.
10. For distinguished criticism, $3,000.
11. For distinguished editorial writing, the test of excellence being clearness of style, moral purpose, sound reasoning, and power to influence public opinion in what the writer conceives to be the right direction, due account being taken of the whole volume of the editorial writer's work during the year, $3,000.
12. For a distinguished example of a cartoonist's work, the determining qualities being that the cartoon shall embody an idea made clearly apparent, shall show good drawing and striking pictorial effect, and shall be intended to be helpful to some commendable cause of public importance, due account being taken of the whole volume of the artist's work during the year, $3,000.
13. For a distinguished example of spot news photography in black and white or color, which may consist of a photograph or photographs, a sequence or an album, $3,000.
14. For a distinguished example of feature photography in black and white or color, which may consist of a photograph or photographs, a sequence or an album, $3,000.

      The following is an official list of awards in letters:

1. For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, $3,000.
2. For a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life, $3,000.
3. For a distinguished book upon the history of the United States, $3,000.
4. For a distinguished biography or autobiography by an American author, $3,000.
5. For a distinguished volume of verse by an American author, $3,000.
6. For a distinguished book of non-fiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category, $3,000.

      The following is the official designation of the award in music:

For distinguished musical composition by an American in any of the larger forms including chamber, orchestral, choral, opera, song, dance, or other forms of musical theatre, which has had its first performance in the United States during the year, $3,000.

      The following Pulitzer fellowships are awarded annually:

On the recommendation of the faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism [Columbia University], three fellowships of $5,000 each to enable three of its outstanding graduates to travel, report, and study abroad and one fellowship for $5,000 to an outstanding graduate who wishes to specialize in drama, music, literary, film, or television criticism.

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Universalium. 2010.

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