Today, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes. The announcement, made from Columbia University in New York, marks the 102nd year of the prizes.
As Pulitzer Administrator Dana Canedy, the first black woman to present the awards, said this afternoon, “Most journalists consider the work they do to be a calling – one so important that the founding fathers protected the very existence of the press in the U.S. Constitution.” This resonates with the Newseum’s mission to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment.
Canedy prefaced the announcement by saying that “The journalism categories yet again uphold the highest purpose of a free and independent press, even in the most trying of times” and reminded us that “These courageous, inspiring and committed journalists and their news organizations are undaunted in their mission in support of the Fourth Estate.”
She emphasized that while the journalism industry might seemingly be under assault, that doesn’t mean journalists “should not do more to improve trust and goodwill with a public that is sometimes skeptical of its work and motives or that it should not work harder to include a wider range of political, racial and gender perspectives in its subject matter and sourcing.”
The work of this year’s winners is “real news of the highest order executed nobly as journalism was always intended, without fear or favor.” Therefore, the Newseum congratulates the winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, including The New York Times, for reporting led by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and The New Yorker, for reporting by Ronan Farrow in the category of Public Service for reporting on the sexual abuse of women.
Farrow, along with twelve other journalists including Michael Schmidt and Emily Steel of The New York Times team, will be honored at the Newseum’s 2018 Free Expression Awards on behalf of all the reporters who broke stories and silence about systemic and pervasive sexual misconduct in the workplace.
In May, the Newseum will update its Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery to highlight the 2018 winners of the prize for feature and breaking news photography. You can find out more about all of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners here.