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2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

International Reporting

Raja Abdulrahim and Patrick McDonnell the Los Angeles Times, for their vivid coverage of the Syrian civil war, showing at grave personal risk how both sides of the conflict contribute to the bloodshed, fear and corruption that define daily life.

 

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August 21, 2013 In the sniper's sights
March 26, 2013 Syria's Shiites allege ethnic 'terror'
July 24, 2013 Waiting for a son lost in the void
July 30, 2013 Battle in suburbia
September 21, 2013 Assad's other army
April 2, 2013 Syrian rebels resent postware scenario
September 17, 2013 Uneasy life in Damascus' bubble
August 14, 2013 Assad bastion feels targeted
September 12, 2013 At odds in their common cause
October 15, 2013 Weapons deal may help Assad prolong his rule
Cover letter for entry

 

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Raja Abdulrahim is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she has worked for the last five years.

Patrick McDonnell covers the Middle East for the Los Angeles Times, focusing on Syria, Iran and Lebanon.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

International Reporting

Rukmini Callimachi, the Associated Press, for her discovery and fearless exploration of internal documents that shattered myths and deepened understanding of the global terrorist network of al-Qaida.

 

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December 29, 2013 $0.60 for cake: Al-Qaida records every
expense
May 28, 2013 AP Exclusive: Al-Qaida rips into prima donna terrorist for failing to deliver big operations
February 6, 2013 Woman in Timbuktu punished for forbidden love
February 14, 2013 In Timbuktu, al-Qaida left behind a manifesto
January 22, 2013 Fight for Mali town reflects Islamist tactics
June 11, 2013 Mali manual suggests al-Qaida has feared weapon
February 21, 2013 Al-Qaida tipsheet on avoiding drones found in Mali
July 9, 2013 Yemen terror boss left blueprint for waging jihad
September 29, 2013 Terrorists used new tactic to spare some Muslims
December 9, 2013 AP reporter’s quest to !nd bodies ends in desert
Cover letter for entry

 

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Rukmini Callimachi is the West Africa Bureau Chief for
The Associated Press.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

National Reporting

Jon Hilsenrath , The Wall Street Journal, for his exploration of the Federal Reserve, a powerful but little understood national institution.

 

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July 29, 2013 Fed 'doves' beat 'hawks' in economic prognosticating
Web entry: Interactive Graphic - Ranking Fed forecasters
May 11-12, 2013 Fed maps exit from stimulus
May 13, 2013 A top contender at the Fed faces test over easy money
June 21, 2013 Markets might be misreading the Fed’s messages
June 22-23, 2013 Fed is toiling in vain to calm jittery markets
September 23, 2013 Yellen would bring tougher tone to Fed
October 8, 2013 Tense negotiations inside the Fed produced muddled signals to markets
October 10, 2013 Yellen gets Fed nomination with bank at turning point
March 18, 2013 Easy-money era a long game for Fed
Cover letter for entry

 

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Jon Hilsenrath is the chief economics correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, where he is responsible for covering the Federal Reserve.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

National Reporting

John Emshwiller and Jeremy Singer-Vine, The Wall Street Journal, for their reports and searchable database on the nation’s often overlooked factories and research centers that once produced nuclear weapons and now pose contamination risks.

 

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October 30, 2013 A forgotten legacy of nuclear buildup
October 30, 2013 In New York, a tale of exposure raises the question: How much radiation is safe?
Explore sites near you (database)
October 29, 2013 Web entry: Video - Wastelands
November 22, 2013 One town’s atomic legacy: A $500 million cleanup
November 21, 2013 Web entry: Video - Patty Ameno's one-woman nuclear crusade
December 30, 2013 Neighbors fume at radioactive dump
December 30, 2013 Facebook page chronicles accounts of illnesses reported by residents
December 31, 2013 Nuclear waste sits on ocean floor
December 31, 2013 Web entry: Interactive graphic - Waste waters
Cover letter for entry

 

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John Emshwiller is senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal.

Jeremy Singer-Vine is reporter and computer programmer for The Wall Street Journal’s Page One desk, based in New York.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Local Reporting

Rebecca D. O’Brien and Thomas Mashberg of The Record, Woodland Park, N.J., for their jarring exposure of how heroin has permeated the suburbs of northern New Jersey, profiling addicts and anguished families and mapping the drug pipeline from South America to their community.

 

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May 5, 2013 Suburbia's deadly secret
May 6, 2013 The grim life of suburban addicts
May 7, 2013 'Love cannot stop it'
May 8, 2013 N.J. searching for solutions to rampant heroin problems
May 6, 2013 Nowhere to get clean
December 22, 2013 Heroin's poisonous path to North Jersey
December 23, 2013 Inside suburban drug mills, a grimy lucrative business
December 24, 2013 Help stall in Trenton as frustration grows
December 27, 2013 Online special report: Heroin - suburbia's deadly secret
January 25, 2014 Cover letter for entry

 

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Rebecca D. O'Brien joined the staff of The Record in October 2011.

Thomas Mashberg's freelance work for The Record was supported by a Polk Award grant.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Local Reporting

Joan Garrett McClane, Todd South, Doug Strickland and Mary Helen Miller, Chattanooga Times Free Press, for using an array of journalistic tools to explore the "no-snitch" culture that helps perpetuate a cycle of violence in one of the most dangerous cities in the South.

 

December 15, 2013 Web entry: Speak No Evil
Cover letter for entry (pdf)

 

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Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee since 2007.

Todd South has been a staff writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press since 2008.

Doug Strickland is a staff photographer for the Times Free Press and a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Mary Helen Miller is a multimedia journalist who writes articles and produces audio, video and interactive graphics for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Explanatory Reporting

Les Zaitz, The Oregonian, Portland, for chilling narratives that, at personal risk to him and his sources, revealed how lethal Mexican drug cartels infiltrated Oregon and other regions of the country.

 

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June 23, 2013 'They are here'
June 24, 2013 A kingpin's toxic power
June 25, 2013 The dealer next door
June 26, 2013 Cops on the defensive
June 27, 2013 At the end of the supply chain: staggering loss
January 6, 2014 Cover letter for entry

 

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Les Zaitz has been a journalist in Oregon since 1973, joining The Oregonian in 1976.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Explanatory Reporting

Dennis Overbye, The New York Times, for his authoritative illumination of the race by two competing teams of 3,000 scientists and technicians over a seven-year period to discover what physicists call the "God particle."

 

March 5, 2013 Web entry: Chasing the Higgs Boson
Cover letter for entry

 

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Dennis Overbye joined The New York Times in 1998 as the deputy science editor.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Investigative Reporting

Cynthia Hubert and Phillip Reese, The Sacramento Bee, for their probe of a Las Vegas mental hospital that used commercial buses to "dump'' more than 1,500 psychiatric patients in 48 states over five years, reporting that brought an end to the practice and the firing of hospital employees.

 

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April 7, 2013 Cast out by Nevada, he finds kindness
April 14, 2013 Busing of patients rife in Nevada
April 25, 2013 Nevada to add patient escorts
April 30, 2013 2 fired at Vegas mental hospital
May 5, 2013 Busing of mentally ill disturbs staff
June 23, 2013 Family fears, concerns on patient busing
July 26, 2013 Mental hospital accepts its stain
August 27, 2013 More patient busing detailed
September 11, 2013 S.F. suit: Nevada dumped patients
December 15, 2013 Mental patients bused - and crime followed
January 23, 2014 Cover letter for entry

 

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Cynthia Hubert is a veteran reporter who has covered a wide range of topics for The Sacramento Bee.

Phillip Reese is the Bee’s computer-assisted reporting specialist.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Investigative Reporting

Megan Twohey, Reuters, for her exposure of an underground Internet marketplace where parents could bypass social welfare regulations and get rid of children they had adopted overseas but no longer wanted, the stories triggering governmental action to curb the practice.

 

September 9, 2013 Web entry: The child exchange
January 17, 2014 Cover letter for entry (pdf)

 

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Megan Twohey is an investigative reporter for Reuters based in New York

2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Breaking News Reporting

The Washington Post Staff for its alert, in-depth coverage of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, employing a mix of platforms to tell a developing story with accuracy and sensitivity.

 

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September 16, 2013 Web entry: Home page: Navy Yard shooting
September 17, 2013 Navy Yard rampage leaves 14 dead
September 17, 2013 A family clings to phones, prayer
September 17, 2013 Web entry: What happened inside Building 197 (interactive graphic)
September 17, 2013 Web entry: Remembering the victims
September 17, 2013 The suspect: A man of sharp contrasts
September 18, 2013 Shooter carved an indiscriminate path through building
September 18, 2013 The shooter: Voices, violence hint of personality that was unraveling
September 18, 2013 Checks failed to flag gunman's past
September 19, 2013 Mental health warnings about Alexis ignored
January 21, 2014 Cover letter for entry

 

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2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Breaking News Reporting

The Arizona Republic Staff for its compelling coverage of a fast-moving wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters and destroyed more than a hundred homes, using an array of journalistic tools to tell the story

 

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June 30, 2013 Yarnell Hill fire
July 1, 2013 Tragedy
July 2, 2013 We mourn
July 2, 2013 More than 1 factor spawned tragedy, wildfire experts say
July 2, 2013 Declining resources make wildfire prevention difficult
July 3, 2013 THE CREW: Danger erupts 'in seconds' with 45 mph gusts
July 3, 2013 Portraits of bravery
July 4, 2013 Scenes of sorrow
July 7, 2013 Somewhere, the next fire is waiting to happen
July 7, 2013 'It’s something you never want to see again'
January 15, 2014 Cover letter for entry

 

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2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Feature Writing

Scott Farwell, The Dallas Morning News, for his story about a young woman's struggle to live a normal life after years of ghastly child abuse, an examination of human resilience in the face of depravity.

 

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October 20, 2013 The Girl in the Closet, Chapter 1: In darkness, light
October 21, 2013 Chapter 2: Bundle of joy to burden of sorrow
October 22, 2013 Chapter 3: Mercifully, an end to 'Barbie’s little secret'
October 23, 2013 Chapter 4: Ecstasy and agony
October 24, 2013 Chapter 5: Healing in baby steps
January 21, 2014 Cover letter for entry
Supplemental Material. Girl in the Closet Chapters 6 - 8 (These stories are not part of the official entry, but are provided as a courtesy.)

 

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Scott Farwell is a senior general assignments reporter for The Dallas Morning News.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Feature Writing

Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for his meticulously told tale about a group of first-year medical students in their gross anatomy class and the relationships they develop with one another and the nameless corpse on the table, an account enhanced by multimedia elements.

 

October 12, 2013 Web entry: The course of their lives
Cover letter for entry (pdf)

 

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Mark Johnson is a health and science reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He was part of a team that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for a series of reports on the use of genetic technology to save a 4-year-old boy imperiled by a mysterious disease.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Feature Writing

Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times, for his account of an ex-police officer’s nine-day killing spree in Southern California, notable for its pacing, character development and rich detail.

 

December 8, 2013 Web entry: The Manhunt for Christopher Dorner
December 8, 2013 Web entry: How we reported the story
Cover letter for entry (pdf)

 

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Christopher Goffard is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. He shared in the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s Bell coverage and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2007 for solo feature work.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalist

Public Service

Newsday, Long Island, N.Y., for its use of in-depth reporting and digital tools to expose shootings, beatings and other concealed misconduct by some Long Island police officers, leading to the formation of a grand jury and an official review of police accountability.

 

December 18, 2013 Web entry: Investigation - Police misconduct on Long Island
February 17, 2014 Cover letter for entry (pdf)

 

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2014 winners and finalists announced April 14

The 2014 Pulitzer Prizewinners and Nominated Finalists will be announced Monday, April 14, 2014 at Columbia University in New York City. The announcement will take place at 3:00pm eastern daylight time. Finalists are not announced in advance.

Winners biographies and photos will be available on this Website, along with winning stories, photos and cartoons in all 14 Journalism categories. Synposes of winning books, and samples of winners in drama and music will also be online.

Please check back on April 14!



Pulitzer Administrator Sig Gissler to retire

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."

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We invite entries in the 2014 competition for the Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, covering work during calendar 2013.

The deadline is SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 2014 at midnight.

Entries in all 14 Journalism categories must be submitted electronically through our entry site. On the site you will find entry rules and step-by-step guidance on how to submit an entry. For a link and more details, please see the "How to enter" page where you will find the Plan of Award, journalism guidelines (with FAQ) and technical requirements. You will also find examples of acceptable entries.

The Pulitzer Board has refined guidelines for Editorial Writing entries and invited broader participation, especially among small and medium-size newspapers and news sites. "We want to hear your voices," Paul Tash, chair of the Pulitzer Board, wrote in a letter to potential entrants. (pdf)

Please note that a fee of $50 per entry must be paid by credit card. --12/06/2013

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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."

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Pulitzer Administrator Sig Gissler to retire

Media Contact:

Paul Tash, ptash@tampabay.com, 727-893-8887
Sabina Lee, sabina.lee@columbia.edu, 212-854-5579


New York, N.Y. (Jan. 15, 2014) – 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."

The Pulitzer Board has formed a committee to nominate the next administrator. The chair will be Danielle Allen, professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Other members are Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University; Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia Journalism School; Paul Gigot, editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal; and Tash, chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times. Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and former member of the Pulitzer Board, will serve as counsel to the committee. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Susan Glancy, in President Bollinger's office, using the e-mail address of nominations@columbia.edu.

"For the past century, there has been no greater honor in American journalism, arts and letters than to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize," said President Bollinger. "During his time administering the awards at Columbia, Sig Gissler championed the embrace of new forms of digital journalism and helped to gain even wider recognition for the Prizes by introducing it to new audiences. As a University dedicated to excellence in journalism, the arts and letters, we take great pride in our stewardship of the Pulitzers and are deeply grateful for Sig’s years of leadership and his enduring contributions."

Prior to becoming the Pulitzer administrator, Gissler was editor of The Milwaukee Journal and a faculty member of the Columbia Journalism School. He continued to teach part-time after his appointment.

During 25 years with the Journal, Gissler served as reporter, editorial page editor and associate editor, before becoming editor in 1985. In 1993, Gissler left the paper to become a senior fellow at the Freedom Forum's Media Studies Center, exploring coverage of race.

In 1994, Gissler joined the faculty at Columbia, where he taught reporting and writing and created a seminar called Race and Ethnicity in the New Urban America. Gissler also founded "Let's Do It Better," a program that organized national workshops on journalism, race and ethnicity. In recent years, he helped develop the school´s digital journalism program.

In 1998, Gissler was voted teacher of the year at the Journalism School and was given a Presidential Teaching Award at Columbia in 2002. A native of Chicago and a graduate of Lake Forest College, he was a Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in 1975-1976 and a visiting professor at Stanford in 1993. He is a member of the American Society of News Editors and a former Pulitzer Prize juror.

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The Pulitzer Prizes, which are administered at Columbia University, were established by Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-American journalist and newspaper publisher, who left money to Columbia University upon his death in 1911. A portion of his bequest was used to found the School of Journalism in 1912 and establish the Pulitzer Prizes, which were first awarded in 1917.

The 19-member board is composed mainly of leading journalists or news executives from media outlets across the U.S., as well as five academics or persons in the arts. The dean of Columbia's journalism school and the administrator of the prizes are nonvoting members. The chair rotates annually to the most senior member or members. The board is self-perpetuating in the election of members. Voting members may serve three terms of three years for a total of nine years.

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Digital entry site open for Journalism prizes

We invite entries in the 2014 competition for the Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, covering work during calendar 2013.

The deadline is SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 2014 at midnight.

Entries in all 14 Journalism categories must be submitted electronically through our entry site. On the site you will find entry rules and step-by-step guidance on how to submit an entry. For a link and more details, please see the "How to enter" page where you will find the Plan of Award, journalism guidelines (with FAQ) and technical requirements. You will also find examples of acceptable entries.

The Pulitzer Board has refined guidelines for Editorial Writing entries and invited broader participation, especially among small and medium-size newspapers and news sites. More details.

Please note that a fee of $50 per entry must be paid by credit card.

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Investigative journalist and columnist join Pulitzer Board

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

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2014 technical requirements for journalism entries

(updated 12/05/2013)

NOTE: URLs must remain active until the Prizewinners are announced in April.

Entries using PDFs:
• To assure readability, the PDF document should measure no larger than 8 1/2 x 14 inches and the type size should be 12 pt. The PDF file should not exceed 500 megabytes.
• Submit text material in a one- or two-column-wide format, single spaced. See samples on the Pulitzer website: www.pulitzer.org/how_to_enter.
• Complicated desktop publishing software is not needed to create a PDF that conforms to the contest requirements. Example: Microsoft Word can be used to create a formatted PDF document containing text and photos.

Entries in Photography categories:
• Submit images in JPEG format.
• Caption, byline and credit (name of news organization) should be in the standard IPTC fields.
• Only one image per JPEG. Do not include text of layouts in the image.
• File size: Images should not exceed 3600 pixels on the longest side of the image (18 inches at 200 dpi). The compressed JPEG file should not exceed 3 megabytes.
• Color profile: RGB.
• Each entry may consist of a single image or up to 20 individual images.
• Before finalizing your entry, please verify that all uploaded photos display the required metadata.

Entries in Cartooning category:
• Cartoons should be uploaded as JPEGs. If they are animated, enter via URLs

Video entries:
• Video should be submitted via its URL but please remove pre-roll ads.
• In general, there is no limit on length.
• Each video will count as one item, except in cases where several short videos on the same theme are combined into one presentation of 10 minutes or less.

Audio slideshow and photo gallery entries:
• Audio slideshows and photo galleries should be entered via their URLs.
• The maximum number of images is 20.
• Each slideshow or gallery will be counted as one item.

Interactive and multimedia presentations:
• Interactive graphics and databases should be entered only as URLs.
• Each graphic or database should be a single, unified, discretely designated presentation. Each will be counted as one item.

Proof of publication required in Photography and Cartooning categories:
• Each photograph or cartoon published in print should be accompanied by a PDF of clipping or newspaper page on which it originally appeared, with date and caption.
• If online photos or cartoons are submitted, each should be accompanied by a PDF of a screen-shot from the eligible website with date and caption.
• The PDFs should be combined and submitted as a single file under “supplemental” information on the entry site.
• PDF files can be appended together in a multi-page PDF document by using the Adobe Acrobat software (paid). A fully functional trial of the Windows version is available for free: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat.html .
• Additionally, multi-page PDFs can be created online through Adobe’s Create PDF service (paid): http://www.acrobat.com/createpdf/en/home.html, or free sites such as http://foxyutils.com/mergepdf/.
• Optionally, OS X users can use the included Preview application by Apple to combine PDF documents; see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4075
• Online photos must accurately represent original publication, including decisions on cropping and toning.

Investigative journalist and columnist join Pulitzer Board

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

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VIDEO of Pulitzer seminar: "Waiting to be told"

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 Maines

The 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

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Katherine Boo, investigative journalist, and Gail Collins, Op-Ed columnist, join Pulitzer Prize Board

Media contacts:
Sig Gissler, sg138@columbia.edu, 212-854-7327
Sabina Lee, sabina.lee@columbia.edu, 212-854-5579

New York, N.Y. (Nov. 7, 2013) 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. The Pulitzer citation praised her work for exposing "wretched neglect and abuse in the city’s group homes for the mentally retarded, which forced officials to acknowledge the conditions and begin reforms."

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. At the beginning of 2007, she stepped down and took a leave in order to finish a book, "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present." She returned to the paper as an Op-Ed columnist later in 2007.

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Boo is noted for her work focusing on poverty. In 2012, she won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity," which examined life in the airport slums of Mumbai, India. The book, which was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, also won nonfiction prizes from PEN, the Los Angeles Times Book Awards, the New York Public Library and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Reared in and around Washington, D.C., Boo began her journalism career at the Washington City Paper and later worked at The Washington Monthly. She joined The Washington Post in 1993, serving first as an editor in the Outlook section, then as an investigative reporter. She left in 2001 to write for The New Yorker.

One of her New Yorker articles, "The Marriage Cure," examined efforts to teach poor people in an Oklahoma community about marriage in the hope that it would help them rise out of poverty. The piece won the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing in 2004. Another New Yorker article, "After Welfare," won the 2002 Sidney Hillman Award, honoring work that advances social justice.

Boo graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College and in 2002 received a McArthur "genius" award. She is married to Sunil Khilnani, a writer and professor who directs the King’s India Institute at King’s College London.

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Before joining The New York Times, Collins was a columnist at New York Newsday and the New York Daily News. She also was a financial reporter for United Press International. Her first jobs in journalism were in Connecticut. She was a senior editor for Connecticut Magazine, a weekly columnist for the Connecticut Business Journal and the host of a public affairs program for Connecticut Public Television.

She founded the Connecticut State News Bureau, which provided coverage of the state capitol and Connecticut politics. When she sold it in 1977, the CSNB was the largest news service of its kind in the country, with more than 30 weekly and daily newspapers.

Collins’ most recent book is "As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda," published in 2012. She is also the author of "America’s Women," "Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics," a biography of William Henry Harrison and "The Millennium Book," which she co-authored with her husband, Dan Collins, a writer and editor.

A native of Cincinnati, Collins is a graduate of Marquette University with a B.A. in journalism, and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with an M.A. in government. She is a recipient of an Associated Press award for commentary, 1994; a Women in Communications Matrix Award, 1989; and a Meyer Berger Award, Columbia University, 1987. She was a Bagehot Fellow in Economic Journalism at Columbia in 1981-1982.

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The Pulitzer Prizes, which are administered at Columbia University, were established by Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-American journalist and newspaper publisher, who left money to Columbia University upon his death in 1911. A portion of his bequest was used to found the School of Journalism in 1912 and establish the Pulitzer Prizes, which were first awarded in 1917.

The 19-member board is composed mainly of leading editors or news executives from media outlets across the U.S., as well as five non-journalists. The dean of Columbia's journalism school and the administrator of the prizes are nonvoting members. The chair rotates annually to the most senior member or members. The board is self-perpetuating in the election of members. Voting members may serve three terms of three years for a total of nine years.

2013 Pulitzer Prize seminar: "Waiting to Be Told"

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Six journalists from news organizations large and small deconstructed their Pulitzer Prize-winning work and shared their down-to-earth tips during a seminar on Oct. 22 at the Columbia Journalism School. Speaking to a capacity crowd, they told how they used investigative techniques to dig into remarkable stories that were waiting to be discovered.


Part 1: Introduction of panelists


Part 2: Sun Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - Speeding cops imperil lives
Panelists: Sally Kestin and John Maines


Part 3: InsideClimate News - The biggest oil spill you've never heard of
Panelists: Elizabeth McGowan and Lisa Song


Part 4: The New York Times - Inside a deadly backcountry avalanche
Panelists: John Branch and Steve Duenes


Part 5: General Q & A


2013 Pulitzer Prize Seminar slideshow

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Waiting to Be Told

Six journalists from news organizations large and small deconstructed their Pulitzer Prize-winning work and shared their down-to-earth tips during a seminar on Oct. 22 at the Columbia Journalism School. Speaking to a capacity crowd, they told how they used investigative techniques to dig into remarkable stories that were waiting to be discovered.

 

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2013

Waiting to Be Told

Six journalists from news organizations large and small deconstructed their Pulitzer Prize-winning work and shared their down-to-earth tips during a seminar on Oct. 22 at the Columbia Journalism School. Speaking to a capacity crowd, they told how they used investigative techniques to dig into remarkable stories that were waiting to be discovered. The topics and participants were:

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Speeding off-duty cops imperil the public
Sun Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, Public Service Prize, Sally Kestin and John Maines

The 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.

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Work by 2013 Journalism Finalists is available

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.

The 2013 Pulitzer Prizewinners and Nominated Finalists were announced on April 15, 2013.



Entry deadline for books is drawing near

The entry deadline for all books published in 2013 is October 1, 2013. Books scheduled for publication in October, November and December must be submitted in galleys or page-proof form by October 1.

Please submit entry forms electronically using our Website. We no longer accept paper entry forms. Entrants are required to pay the $50 handling charge online by credit card.

Books should be submitted in hardcover or paperback form to the Pulitzer office via postal or other forms of physical delivery.

Other approaching deadlines: December 31 for Drama and Music.-- 09/03/2013

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2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalists

Feature Photography

Renee C. Byer, The Sacramento (CA) Bee, for her heartwarming photographs of a grandfather raising three grandchildren after the violent death of his daughter and the loss of his wife to cancer.

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Renée C.Byer is a Pulitzer Prize winning documentary photojournalist, internationally exhibited and published.

2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalists

Feature Photography

Liz O. Baylen, Los Angeles Times, for her intimate essay, shot in shadowy black and white, documenting the shattered lives of people entangled in prescription drug abuse.

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Liz O. Baylen joined the Los Angeles Times as a staff photographer in 2007.

2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalists

Breaking News Photography

Denver Post Staff for its skillful coverage of the mass shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colo., capturing the scope of the tragedy in a poignant portfolio of pictures.

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