Being a Pulitzer prize winner journalist is a very important step a journalist can take. How is this most important honor given to some select journalists?
Pulitzer prizes are decided by a board and jurors. It is mainly given to encourage journalists to strive to do their best, push their skills to the highest limits. But – and unfortunately- sometimes the only thing that is thought about is winning “The Pulitzer” prize.
Pulitzer isn’t just about winning a prize. It is about going beyond limits, pushing all objections to one side for the sake of offering the public what they should be aware of.
The judging is the hardest part. There are a lot of entries made in any one category. As Margaret Sullivan said, at least 5-10 of the entries are “solid Pulitzer contenders”. The toughest part is to choose the final three. Sometimes one of the three takes the lead easily. But some other times, it may not be that simple. The contenders might all be as talented, as dedicated and as relentless.
This year Snowden’s NSA leaks made those who wrote about it the co-heros of Pulitzer. They did not shy away from revealing the importance of the relationship between the government and the public over security and privacy issues.