The Pulitzer Prizes may be the most known and respected journalism awards. 1917 was the first year of the awards.

They were endowed by Joseph Pulitzer. In his 1904 will, he specified four awards in journalism, four in letters and drama, one for education, and four traveling scholarships.

Since then, the number of awards has increased to 21, and award categories have been added for poetry, music, and photography.

Award announcements are made each April. The 14 journalism categories are judged in early March. The prizes are awarded in late May at Columbia University, where the awards are administered.

Typically, two finalists in each category are also recognized. In some categories in some years, no winner is chosen.

More than 2,000 entries are submitted each year. In 2004, the journalism entries numbered 1,423. The entry fee is $50.

The winner of the Public Service category, which is always a newspaper, gets a gold medal. Winners in the other categories $10,000 and a certificate.

Journalism categories[]

  • Public Service
  • Breaking News Reporting
  • Investigative Reporting
  • Explanatory Reporting
  • Beat Reporting
  • National Reporting
  • International Reporting
  • Feature Writing
  • Commentary
  • Criticism
  • Editorial Writing
  • Editorial Cartooning
  • Breaking News Photography
  • Feature Photography


  • REPORTING Herbert Bayard Swope of New York World
  • EDITORIAL WRITING No author named, New York Tribune