At 3 p.m., this year’s Pulitzer Prizes were announced at Columbia’s Journalism School, and the Wall Street Journal was the only publication taking more than a single award. The Journal won two awards, for Public Service and International Reporting.
Was it a coincidence that outgoing Journal managing editor Paul Steiger was on the Pulitzer Board?
Actually, the Board was fairly representative of the major papers. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, Washington Post publisher Donald Graham, and Columbia Dean (and New Yorker writer) Nick Lemann were a couple other notables who perused through 1,138 books, 1,225 newspaper entries, 100-plus music entries, and about 50 plays, according to Sig Gissler, the Pulitzer administrator. Also, for the first time, there were a full range of online entries, too: databases, video, slideshows, etc.
Gissler addressed the roughly 30 attendees who filed into the World Room, on the J-School’s third floor. For those who trekked uptown in the rain, there was a small offering of food and drink: a plate of chocolate chip cookies, few strawberries and some coffee.
For the second year in a row, the winning International coverage focused on China, rather than the Middle East. L.A. Weekly restaurant writer Jonathan Gold took the prize for Criticism. The New York Times only won a single award, in Feature Writing, for Andrea Elliot’s coverage of an immigrant Iman. And the Washington Post turned up empty this year.
UPDATE: Our “double digit” mistake has since been fixed. Thanks!
The full list of winners is after the jump (or can be found in PDF form at www.pulitzer.org).