The Pulitzers recognize excellence in categories that range
from breaking news reporting to public service articles to
feature photography. In addition to the journalism awards, there
are prizes in fiction, history, drama, music and other literary
All told, there are 21 prizes in play every year. Winners are
selected by an independent board after judges make nominations
from a total of 2,400 entries across the range of categories.
The board has the option of naming no winner in any category.
The announcement takes place at 3 p.m. ET (1900 GMT) on Monday
at New York's Columbia University, which founded its School of
Journalism with an endowment from Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of
the New York World and other U.S. newspapers in the late 19th
and early 20th centuries. His will provided funding for the
prizes in the early years and named Columbia to administer them.
Over the years, the New York Times has taken more awards than
any other news organization, receiving 117 Pulitzer Prizes and
citations, according to the newspaper's website.
Last year the paper won three Pulitzers, including an
international reporting prize for its coverage of the Ebola
outbreak in West Africa.
Last year's Pulitzer for Public Service went to Charleston,
South Carolina's Post and Courier for its series on domestic
In the inaugural awards in 1917, Herbert Bayard Swope of the New
York World was the prize winner in reporting for a series of
articles entitled "Inside the German Empire," while the New York
Tribune won the award for editorial writing on its piece on the
first anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania.
(Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Frank McGurty and Mary
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