April 12, 2010
Joseph Pulitzer (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)

Joseph Pulitzer (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)

Pulitzers Honor Best in Journalism

The best in journalism was honored April 12, 2010, with the awarding of the Pulitzer Prize, journalism's highest honor.

Awards were given in 21 categories, including 14 journalism categories. The public service award — which comes with a prestigious gold medal — is given to a news organization. All other winners receive $10,000 each.

This year, the Pulitzer Prize for public service was awarded to the Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier, for reporting on the mismanagement of natural gas royalties owed to thousands of Virginia landowners.

For the first time, Pulitzers were awarded to Web-based entries. The online investigative site ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine, won the award for investigative reporting. Mark Fiore, whose animated cartoons appears on SFGate.com, won the editorial cartooning prize.

The award for breaking news photography went to Mary Chind of The Des Moines Register for her photograph of a rescuer dangling from a harness as he reaches out to save a woman trapped in rushing water in the Des Moines River. Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post won the award for feature photography for his series of photographs chronicling 27 months in the life of a teenager who joins the Army.

These images will be added to the Newseum's permanent and traveling exhibits of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs. The exhibit catalog, "The Pulitzer Prize Photographs: Capture the Moment," showcases the prize-winning photographs and reveals the stories behind them.

Since 1917, Columbia University has recognized remarkable achievements in journalism, arts and letters, thanks to a bequest from crusading publisher Joseph Pulitzer. In his will, he endowed the university with $2 million for a school of journalism and "prizes or scholarships for the encouragement of public service, public morals, American literature and the advancement of education."

For a complete list of 2010 winners, visit www.pulitzer.org.

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