New York Times plugs Pulitzer winners before prizes awarded



April 11, 2017 08:14:18

The New York Times says it mistakenly advertised a Facebook Live event with its Pulitzer Prize winners, several hours before the official announcement it had won three of journalism’s most prestigious prizes.

The Times won in the categories of international reporting, feature writing and breaking news photography.

The awards were announced at 3:00pm Monday local time (5:00am AEST today). But the print edition of Monday’s paper included a notice reading:

“How does it feel to get a Pulitzer Prize? Ask The Times’s recently announced 2017 winners yourself — they’ll be taking questions live today at 4:30 p.m. ET”

Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy would not confirm it had advance word that it had won any Pulitzers, calling the notice “a mistake, combined with a little bit of hopeful thinking”.

Although the prizes are confidential, news organisations sometimes manage to learn of Pulitzer wins before the official announcements.

Full winners list


The New York Daily News and ProPublica won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their coverage of the eviction scandal which uncovered how police abused eviction rules to oust hundreds of people, mostly poor minorities, from their homes.

In a year when the tumultuous presidential campaign dominated US news, David A Fahrenthold of The Washington Post was honoured with the Pulitzer for national reporting for exposing questionable practices at US President Donald Trump’s charitable foundation.

The award for commentary went to Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal for columns that the judges said “connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns”.

The New York Times’ staff received the international reporting award for its work on Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s efforts to project Moscow’s power abroad.

Times writer CJ Chivers won the feature writing award for a story about a Marine’s descent into violence after returning home from war, told “through an artful accumulation of fact and detail”.

Art Cullen of The Storm Lake Times (a twice-weekly, 3,000-circulation family-owned paper in Iowa) won the editorial writing award; The judges said Cullen’s “tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing” successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in the state.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald — which amassed a group of over 400 journalists to examine the leaked Panama Papers and expose the way that politicians, criminals and rich people stashed case in offshore accounts — won the Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.

Eric Eyre of The Charleston Gazette-Mail won the investigative reporting prize for writing about the scourge of opiate painkillers in poor parts of West Virginia.

The staff of the East Bay Times in Oakland, California, received the breaking news reporting award for its coverage of a fire that killed 36 people at a warehouse party and its follow-up reporting on how local officials had not taken action that might have prevented it.

The staff of The Salt Lake Tribune received the local reporting award for its work on how sexual assault victims at Brigham Young University are treated.

Hilton Als, a theatre critic for The New Yorker, won the prize for criticism, with judges praising how he strove to connect theatre to the real-world, “shifting landscape of gender, sexuality and race”.

Visual awards

The award in editorial cartooning went to Jim Morin of The Miami Herald for work “that delivered sharp perspectives through flawless artistry, biting prose and crisp wit”.

Freelancer Daniel Berehulak won the breaking news photography award for his images, published in the Times, of the toll of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on drug dealers and users.

This year’s feature photography winner was E Jason Wambsgans of the Chicago Tribune, for his portrayal of a 10-year-old boy who had been shot.

Letters, drama and music

  • Fiction: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
  • Drama: Sweat, by Lynn Nottage
  • History: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Heather Ann Thompson (Pantheon)
  • Biography or Autobiography: The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, by Hisham Matar (Random House)
  • Poetry: Olio, by Tyehimba Jess (Wave Books)
  • General Nonfiction: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond (Crown)
  • Music: Angel’s Bone, by Du Yun







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