Pulitzer Prize for Public Service

The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service is one of the fourteen American Pulitzer Prizes annually awarded for journalism. It recognizes a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources, which may include editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, video and other online material, and may be presented in print or online or both.

The Public Service prize was one of the original Pulitzers, established in 1917, but no award was given that year, so it was inaugurated 1918 in a sense.[1][2] It is the only prize in the program that awards a gold medal and is the most prestigious one for a newspaper to win.

As with other Pulitzer Prizes, a committee of jurors narrows the field to three nominees, from which the Pulitzer Board generally picks a winner and finalists. Finalists have been made public since 1980. The Pulitzer Board issues an official citation explaining the reason for the award.

Winners and citations

In its first 97 years to 2013, the Public Service Pulitzer was awarded 96 times. Four times there was no award given and there were two prizes in 1967, 1990, and 2006. Several 1950s prizes named two newspapers. A particular reporter was first named in 1947; recently that has been common and as many as three reporters have been named, but it remains common to name no one.[1]


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  2. "1917 Winners". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  3. Somaiya, Ravi. "Pulitzer Prizes Awarded for Coverage of N.S.A. Documents and Boston Bombing." New York Times. April 14, 2014. Accessed 2014-04-14.
  4. "Public Service". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  5. "The Pulizer Prizes". http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/. Retrieved 25 April 2016. External link in |website= (help)

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