You’ve probably heard of the Grammy Awards, the Academy Awards, and the Olympics, but what about the Pulitzer Prize? Well, this award, named after a newspaper publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, is to recognize important work in the world of media—newspapers, magazines, journalism, literature, and musical composition. The prize covers twenty-one categories, which range from groundbreaking investigations, to relentless or courageous reporting, to articles that have made an important impact on society.
Here is a quick look at some of the Pulitzer Prize categories and this year’s winners (one of which might surprise you!):
Explanatory Reporting: This prize was awarded to the staff at The Arizona Republic newspaper and the USA Today Network for combining video, podcasts, virtual reality, and text reporting on the story about President Trump’s plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
Breaking News Reporting: This prize was awarded to the staff at The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, California, for using photo, video, and social media to tell the story of the Sonoma wildfires.
Criticism: Jerry Saltz from the New York magazine won this award for a daring look at the world of visual art.
Editorial Cartooning: You heard that right. Freelance writer Jake Halpern and cartoonist Michael Sloan won this prize for a powerful visual depiction of two refugee families.
Music: Kendrick Lamar, an American rapper and writer, was the surprise winner in this category for his album about African-American life. Historically, only jazz or classical musicians have won this category.
Did any of these categories surprise you? Can you name any of the other categories or winners?