Pulitzer Prize 2014 declared

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India-American poet Vijay Seshadri wins the 98th annual Pulitzer Prize for the year 2014 in the poetry category for his collection of poems "3 Sections." The Public Service gold medal, the most coveted among all the Pulitzer prizes, has been conferred on the two newspapers who unearthed NSA snooping scandal to the world namely 'The Guardian' (US) and the 'Washington Post'.

Awards in Journalism

  • Public Service: The Guardian US, The Washington Post (The top award, no cash just a gold medal)
  • Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Boston Globe
  • Investigative Reporting: Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC
  • Explanatory Reporting: Eli Saslow of The Washington Post
  • Local Reporting: Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of Tampa Bay Times
  • National Reporting: David Philipps of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO
  • International Reporting: Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall of Reuters
  • Feature Writing: No award
  • Commentary: Stephen Henderson of Detroit Free Press
  • Criticism: Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Editorial Writing: Editorial Staff of The Oregonian, Portland
  • Editorial Cartooning: Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer
  • Breaking News Photography: Tyler Hicks of The New York Times
  • Feature Photography: Josh Haner of The New York Times

Awards in Letters, Drama, and Music

  • Fiction: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)
  • Drama: The Flick by Annie Baker
  • History: The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)
  • Biography or Autobiography: Margaret Fuller "A New American Life by Megan Marshall" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Poetry: 3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press)
  • General Nonfiction: Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)
  • Music: Become Ocean by John Luther Adams (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature)

About the award

  • The Pulitzer Prize is the highest honor in journalism in US, awarded for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition. 
  • It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) publisher Joseph Pulitzer, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. 
  • Prizes are awarded annually in 21 categories. 
  • In twenty of these, each winner receives a certificate and a $10,000 cash award except the Public Service category which is awarded Gold Medal.

Pulitzer Gold Medal 

  • Its awarded each year to the American newspaper under the Public Service category. 
  • It is never awarded to an individual. 
  • Through the years, the Medal has come to symbolize the entire Pulitzer program. 
  • One side of the medal displays the profile of Benjamin Franklin, the other side is a husky, bare-chested printer at work, his shirt draped across the end of a press.

India connection

  • Vijay Seshadri is the fifth person of Indian origin to bag this coveted award. 
  • Gobind Behari Lal was the first such when he received the award in 1937 in the Reporting category.
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