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The Pulitzer Prize pron.: // is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) publisher Joseph Pulitzer, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a US$10,000 cash award. The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.
Entry and prize consideration 
The Pulitzer Prize does not automatically consider all applicable works in the media, but only those that have specifically entered. (There is a $50 entry fee, paid for each desired entry category.) Entries must fit in at least one of the specific prize categories, and cannot simply gain entrance for being literary or musical. Works can also only be entered in a maximum of two categories, regardless of their properties.
Each year, 103 judges are selected[by whom?] to serve on 20 separate juries for the 21 award categories (one jury for both photography awards). Most juries consist of five members, except for those for public service, investigative reporting, beat reporting, feature writing and commentary categories, which have seven members. For each award category, a jury makes three nominations. The board selects the winner by majority vote from the nominations, or—75% majority vote—bypasses the nominations and selects a different entry. The board can also vote to issue no award. The board is not paid for its work. The jurors in letters, music, and drama get a $2000 honorarium for the year, and each chair gets $2500.
The difference between entrants and nominated finalists 
Anyone whose work has been submitted is called an entrant. The jury selects a small group of nominated finalists and announces them, together with the winner for each category. However, some journalists who were only submitted, but not nominated as finalists, still claim to be Pulitzer nominees in promotional material.
For example, msnbc.com's Bill Dedman pointed out in 2012 that financial journalist Betty Liu was described as "Pulitzer Prize-Nominated" in her Bloomberg Television advertising and the jacket of her book, while National Review writer Jonah Goldberg made similar claims of "Pulitzer nomination" to promote his books. Dedman wrote, "To call that submission a Pulitzer 'nomination' is like saying that Adam Sandler is an Oscar nominee if Columbia Pictures enters That's My Boy in the Academy Awards. Many readers realize that the Oscars don't work that way—the studios don't pick the nominees. It's just a way of slipping 'Academy Awards' into a bio. The Pulitzers also don't work that way, but fewer people know that."
Newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer gave money in his will to Columbia University to launch a journalism school and establish the Prize. It allocated $250,000 to the prize and scholarships. He specified "four awards in journalism, four in letters and drama, one in education, and four traveling scholarships." After his death, the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded June 4, 1917; they are now announced each April. The Chicago Tribune under the control of Colonel McCormick felt that the Pulitzer Prize was nothing more than a 'mutual admiration society' and not to be taken seriously; the paper refused to compete for the prize during McCormick's tenure up until 1961.
Recipients of multiple Pulitzer Prizes include:
- Four awards:
- Three awards:
- Edward Albee
- Edmund Duffy for Editorial Cartooning
- Daniel R. Fitzpatrick for Editorial Cartooning
- Thomas Friedman for International Reporting and Commentary
- Burton J. Hendrick for Biography
- Herblock for Editorial Cartooning
- Rollin Kirby for Editorial Cartooning
- Archibald MacLeish
- Jeff MacNelly for Editorial Cartooning
- Edwin Arlington Robinson
- Carl Sandburg (once for Biography and twice for Poetry)
- Robert Penn Warren (once for Fiction and twice for Poetry)
- Thornton Wilder (once in the Novel category and twice in Drama)
- Two awards:
- Samuel Barber for Music Composition
- Steve Breen for Editorial Cartooning
- Walter Jackson Bate for Biography
- Robert Caro for Biography
- Elliott Carter for Music Composition
- David Herbert Donald for Biography
- Horst Faas for Photography
- William Faulkner for Fiction
- Jon Franklin for Feature Writing and Explanatory Reporting
- Douglas Southall Freeman for Biography
- Walt Handelsman for Editorial Cartooning
- Nelson Harding for Editorial Cartooning
- David Horsey for Editorial Cartooning
- Marquis James for Biography
- Margaret Leech for History
- David Levering Lewis for Biography
- Robert Lowell for Poetry
- Mike Luckovich for Editorial Cartooning
- David McCullough
- Norman Mailer for Fiction and Non-Fiction
- Bill Mauldin for Editorial Cartooning
- Gian Carlo Menotti for Music Composition
- Gene Miller for Investigative Reporting
- Samuel Eliot Morison for Biography
- Allan Nevins for Biography
- Walter Piston for Music Composition
- Michael Ramirez for Editorial Cartooning
- Anthony Shadid for his coverage of the Iraq War
- Paul Szep for Editorial Cartooning
- Booth Tarkington for Novel (twice in a four-year period)
- Barbara W. Tuchman for General Non-Fiction
- John Updike
- Craig F. Walker for Photography (two in a three-year period)
- Gene Weingarten for Feature Writing (twice (2008 and 2010) in a three-year period)
- Richard Wilbur for Poetry
- Tennessee Williams for Drama
- August Wilson for Drama
- E. O. Wilson for General Non-fiction
The prize for Public Service is awarded to newspapers. Awards for journalism categories such as General News Reporting may be awarded to individuals or newspapers or newspaper staffs.
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Awards are made in categories relating to newspaper journalism, arts, and letters and fiction. Only published reports and photographs by United States-based newspapers or daily news organizations are eligible for the journalism prize. Beginning in 2007, "An assortment of online elements will be permitted in all journalism categories except for the competition's two photography categories, which will continue to restrict entries to still images." In December 2008 it was announced that for the first time content published in online-only news sources would be considered.
The current Pulitzer Prize category definitions in the 2008 competition, in the order they are awarded, are:
- Public Service – for a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources which, as well as reporting, may include editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material, presented in print or online or both. Often thought of as the grand prize, and mentioned first in listings of the journalism prizes, the Public Service award is given to the newspaper, not to individuals, though individuals are often mentioned for their contributions. Alone among the Pulitzer Prizes, it is awarded in the form of the Joseph Pulitzer Gold Medal.
- Breaking News Reporting – for a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news.
- Investigative Reporting – for a distinguished example of investigative reporting by an individual or team, presented as a single newspaper article or series.
- Explanatory Reporting – for a distinguished example of explanatory newspaper reporting that illuminates a significant and complex subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, lucid writing, and clear presentation.
- Local Reporting – for a distinguished example of local newspaper reporting that illuminates significant issues or concerns.
- National Reporting – for a distinguished example of newspaper reporting on national affairs.
- International Reporting – for a distinguished example of newspaper reporting on international affairs, including United Nations correspondence.
- Feature Writing – for a distinguished example of newspaper feature writing giving prime consideration to high literary quality and originality.
- Commentary – for distinguished commentary.
- Criticism – for distinguished criticism.
- Editorial Writing – for distinguished editorial writing, the test of excellence being clarity of style, moral purpose, sound reasoning, and power to influence public opinion in what the writer perceives to be the right direction.
- Editorial Cartooning – for a distinguished cartoon or portfolio of cartoons published during the year, characterized by originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing, and pictorial effect.
- Breaking News Photography, previously called Spot News Photography – for a distinguished example of breaking news photography in black and white or color, which may consist of a photograph or photographs, a sequence, or an album.
- Feature Photography – 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.
There are six categories in letters and drama:
- Fiction – for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.
- Drama – for a distinguished play by an American playwright, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life.
- History – for a distinguished book on the history of the United States.
- Biography or Autobiography – for a distinguished biography or autobiography by an American author.
- Poetry – for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American poet.
- General Non-Fiction – for a distinguished book of non-fiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category.
There is one prize given for music:
- Pulitzer Prize for Music – for a distinguished musical contribution by an American that had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year.
There have also been a number of Special Citations and Awards.
In addition to the prizes, Pulitzer travelling fellowships are awarded to four outstanding students of the Graduate School of Journalism as selected by the faculty.
Changes to categories 
Over the years, awards have been discontinued either because the field of the award has been expanded to encompass other areas, the award been renamed because the common terminology changed, or the award has become obsolete, such as the prizes for telegraphic reporting, which was based on the old technology of the telegram.
An example of a writing field that has been expanded was the former Pulitzer Prize for the Novel (awarded 1918-1947), which has been changed to the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which also includes short stories, novellas, novelettes, and fictional poetry, as well as novels.
|Year||Awards added||Awards removed|
|1917||Biography or Autobiography
|1953||Local Reporting, Edition Time
Local Reporting, No Edition Time
|1964||Local General or Spot News Reporting
Local Investigative Specialized Reporting
|Local Reporting, Edition Time
Local Reporting, No Edition Time
Spot News Photography
|1985||General News Reporting
|Local General or Spot News Reporting
Local Investigative Specialized Reporting
|1991||Spot News Reporting
|General News Reporting
|1998||Breaking News Reporting
|Spot News Reporting
|2000||Breaking News Photography||Spot News Photography|
|2007||Local reporting||Beat Reporting|
The 20-member board consists mostly of major newspaper editors and executives, along with six academics including the president of Columbia University and the dean and administrator of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The administrator and the dean cannot vote. The board elects its own members for a three-year term (excluding the dean and the administrator). Members of the board and the juries are selected with close attention "given to professional excellence and affiliation, as well as diversity in terms of gender, ethnic background, geographical distribution and size of newspaper." Each year, the chair rotates to the most senior member. The board makes all prize decisions.
The 2011–2012 board members were:
- Danielle Allen, UPS Foundation Professor, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.
- Jim Amoss, Editor, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La. (Co-chair)
- Randell Beck, President and Publisher, Argus Leader Media, Sioux Falls, S.D.
- Robert Blau, Managing Editor for projects and investigations, Bloomberg News, New York, N.Y.
- Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
- Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor and Senior Vice President, Associated Press (Co-chair)
- Joyce Dehli, Vice President for News, Lee Enterprises
- Junot Díaz, Author and Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Thomas Friedman, Columnist, The New York Times, New York, N.Y.
- Paul Gigot, Editorial Page Editor, The Wall Street Journal, New York, N.Y.
- Sig Gissler, Administrator, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, N.Y.
- Steven Hahn, Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- Nicholas Lemann, Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, N.Y.
- Ann Marie Lipinski, Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. (Co-chair)
- Gregory Moore, Editor, The Denver Post, Denver, Colo.
- Eugene Robinson, Columnist and Associate Editor, The Washington Post
- Margaret Sullivan, Editor, The Buffalo News, Buffalo, N.Y.
- Paul Tash, Chairman and CEO, Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.
- Jim VandeHei, Executive Editor and Co-founder, Politico
- Keven Ann Willey, Vice President/Editorial Page Editor, The Dallas Morning News
- Calls for revocation of journalist Walter Duranty's 1932 Pulitzer Prize
- Call for revocation of journalist William L. Laurence's 1946 Pulitzer Prize
- 1962 Biography Prize: Citizen Hearst: A Biography of William Randolph Hearst by W. A. Swanberg was recommended by the Prize board but overturned by the trustees of Columbia University because its subject, Hearst, was not an "eminent example of the biographer's art as specified in the prize definition".
- 1974 Fiction Prize: Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon was recommended by the three-member fiction panel but the eleven other members of the Prize board overturned that decision and no award was given.
- Forfeiture of Janet Cooke's 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for fabricating the story.
Criticism and studies 
Some critics of the Pulitzer Prize have accused the organization of favoring those who support liberal causes or oppose conservative causes. Syndicated columnist L. Brent Bozell said that the Pulitzer Prize has a "liberal legacy", particularly in its prize for commentary. He pointed to a 31-year period in which only five conservatives won prizes for commentary. The claim is also supported by a statement from the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary, Kathleen Parker: "It's only because I'm a conservative basher that I'm now recognized."
A 2012 academic study by journalism professor Yong Volz and Chinese University journalism professor Francis Lee found "that only 27% of Pulitzer winners since 1991 were females, while newsrooms are about 33% female." The study concluded that the majority of female "winners enjoyed access to greater resources than the average male winner," resources including such things as attendance at Ivy League schools, metropolitan upbringing, employment with an elite publication such as the New York Times.
See also 
- List of Pulitzer Prizes awarded to The New York Times
- Man Booker Prize
- Nautilus Book Awards
- National Book Award
- Commonwealth Writers Prize
- Prix Goncourt
- National Magazine Awards
- According to the administrators of the Pulitzer Prize, the correct pronunciation of the name should sound like the verb pull, as in "Pull it, sir". The mistaken pronunciation /ˈpjuːlɨtsər/, starting off like pew, is quite common, and included in the major British and American dictionaries.
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