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Pulitzer Prizes announced; online journalism gets noticed

The Pulitzer Prizes board gave a nod to the increasingly online medium of journalism Monday as it announced its 2012 awards, noting online components to print stories. Still, of the 14 journalism awards given, nine went to journalists at daily newspapers.

Surprise winners included the Huffington Post, for national reporting; the Stranger, an alternative weekly in Seattle, for feature reporting; and the online site POLITICO, for editorial cartoon.  

Finalists for The Pulitzer Prizes, based at Columbia University in New York City, are judged by a board made up mostly of editors, publishers and university professors.

In the Letters, Drama and Music category, Manning Marable won a posthumous award for "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention."

The winners are listed below (links take you to the original stories or works):  


  • In the Breaking News category, the Tuscaloosa News staff of Alabama won for its coverage of a deadly tornado. The board noted the staff’s use of social media to provide real-time updates.
  • Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times won for what the board called his "vivid reports, often at personal peril, on famine and conflict in East Africa, a neglected but increasingly strategic part of the world."
  • Eli Sanders of the Stranger won the Feature Reporting prize for his gripping narrative about a woman who survived an attack in her home that left her partner dead.  
  • Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune won for Commentary, specifically her "down-to-earth columns that reflect the character and capture the culture of her famed city."
  • No award was given in the Editorial Writing category (the last time the award was not presented in this category was 2008).

Letters, Drama and Music

  • No award was given in Fiction, the first time since 1977. (Before 1977, however, the Fiction award was not presented every year.)
  • Quiara Alegria Hudes won the Drama award for “Water by the Spoonful,” about an Iraq war veteran working in a sandwich shop in Philadelphia. 
  • For History, Manning Marable won for his book about Malcolm X.

More about the winners is available at the Pulitzer Prizes website.

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