April 20, 2009

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

Pulitzers Honor Best in Journalism

The best in journalism was honored April 20, 2009, at Columbia University 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 Las Vegas Sun for its story on the exposure of the high death rate among construction workers on the Las Vegas Strip.

For the first time in the history of the Pulitzer Prizes, online-only newspapers and news organizations were eligible to submit entries in all 14 categories, although none claimed the accolade.

The award for breaking news photography went to Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald for his images of the devastation in Haiti after Hurricane Ike and other storms. Damon Winter of The New York Times won the award for feature photography for his pictures of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

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. View the Newseum’s Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery.

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 2009 winners, visit www.pulitzer.org. A Newseum exhibit on the winners will be displayed in the News Corporation News History Gallery.

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