Journalism Awards

Journalism has a rich, though sometimes criticized, culture of prizes and awards. This entry first discusses the best known and most prestigious journalism award in the United States, the Pulitzer Prize. It then looks at awards given outside of the United States and other awards within the United States, including those given by foundations, professional groups, and universities. It concludes by discussing the popularity of journalism awards and their downsides.

Pulitzer Prize

A year after the first Nobel prizes were awarded, in 1901, Hungarian-American Joseph Pulitzer, the publisher of the New York World and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, wrote that he had a “germ of an idea” about a similar award in U.S. journalism and letters. When Pulitzer died in 1911, he left $2 million to fund the ...

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