Sig Gissler, who helped move the Pulitzer Prizes more deeply into the digital age, will retire as administrator this summer, Columbia University announced today.
Gissler, 78, became the Pulitzer administrator in 2002. During his tenure, the Pulitzer Board opened its journalism competition to entries from online-only news organizations and encouraged a full range of digital components, such as video and other multimedia formats. Three years ago, the journalism Prizes adopted an all-digital entry and judging system, replacing paper entries.
"For a dozen years, Sig has been a devoted and wise steward of the Pulitzer Prizes and the machinery that produces them," said Paul Tash, chairman of the Pulitzer Board. "It is a little hard to imagine the Prizes without him."
Katherine Boo, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, and Gail Collins, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, have been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board.
Boo, a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, was a reporter at The Washington Post when her series on mistreatment of mentally challenged people in Washington, D.C., resulted in the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for The Post.
Collins joined the editorial board of The New York Times in 1995 and six years later became the first woman editor of The Times’ editorial page. -- 11/07/2013
Here is the video of six journalists who deconstructed their 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning work and shared their tips during an Oct. 22 seminar at the Columbia Journalism School. They told how their remarkable stories were waiting to be discovered. The topics and participants were:
Speeding off-duty cops imperil the public Sun Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, Public Service Prize, Sally Kestin and John MainesThe biggest oil spill you never heard of InsideClimate News, National Reporting Prize, Elizabeth McGowan and Lisa Song
Inside a deadly backcountry avalanche The New York Times, Feature Writing Prize, John Branch and Steve Duenes
Sheila Coronel, director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, moderated the program. -- 11/04/2013
Our expanded archive now includes articles and other entry material submitted by finalists for the 2013 Journalism Prizes.
Three finalists in each category are selected by separate Nominating Juries. The Pulitzer Prize Board chooses the winner from among the three finalists. The other two entries, not selected as Prize winners, are designated as Nominated Finalists.
Despite economic pressures and other stern challenges, the journalistic work of Pulitzer Prize winners is as strong as ever, the newly elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board said at the luncheon ceremony at Columbia University where the 2013 prizes in journalism, books, music and drama were presented.
Paul Tash, the chief executive of the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s largest newspaper, urged newspapers and other news organizations to persist in facing current problems, saying:
"The work may be difficult. The odds may be long. The challenges may be great. So what? Every day presents an opportunity for excellence, and the chance to do work that makes a great difference." 05/30/2013
Daniszewski became AP’s vice president and senior managing editor for international news in 2009 after three decades as a reporter, editor and correspondent who has been on assignment in more than 70 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.-- 05/01/2013
On April 15, 2013 Pulitzer Prizewinners in journalism and the arts from across the country jumped up and cheered in celebration.
At left, database specialist John Maines, investigative reporter Sally Kestin and the Sun Sentinel newsroom react to the news that the Sun Sentinal has won the Pulitzer for Public Service. Awarded for "Above the Law: Speeding Cops," a series about off-duty police officers endangering the lives of citizens by speeding, this is the newspaper's first ever Pulitzer win.
The 2013 Pulitzer Prizes in all categories were awarded at a luncheon ceremony at Columbia University in New York City on May 30, 2013.
"At 30, Shaw is the youngest-ever winner of the music Pulitzer. Shaw says she considers herself a musician first — and, in fact, Partita for 8 Voices was written for the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member.
"There's one moment in the piece that delivers on that name, where the sung music morphs into a mounting swell of cacophonous, indecipherable chatter." - NPR
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Watch a slide show of the hardworking Nominating Jurors in Journalism. Jurors met on February 22, 23 and 24 to read 1,081 journalism entries online. They worked in both the Pulitzer World Room (pictured right) and the Lecture Hall also located in Pulitzer Hall at Columbia University.
The jurors nominated three finalists in each category. Then The Pulitzer Prize Board made the final decisions. The 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Nominated Finalists were announced on April 15, 2013.