Pulitzer Prize winners announced today, Things You Need to Know

1. Lobbying jurors won’t help. The names of the jurors are kept confidential to protect them from being lobbied by entrants. In past years, an established group of journalists who jokingly called themselves “the cabal,” according to Poynter, would extract the names of the winners from the judges, but for the past two years, the Pulitzer organization has been holding them to their written secrecy pledges.

2. The award won’t make you rich. Unlike the Nobel, which comes with a hefty monetary prize (about $1.4 million this year), the Pulitzer prize money won’t make anybody rich (the pay out is $10,000). However, there’s no question that the coveted prefix has translated into financial success down the line.

3. Only finalists are referred to as “nominees.” This year, Oscar made room for five more Best Picture nominees, allowing even more filmmakers to attach “Academy Award-nominated” to their list of accolades, but don’t look to the Pulitzer organization for vanity titles. Only two runners-up in each category will get to say they were Pulitzer-Prize nominated. For the record, there are 14 awards in the journalism category, seven in the “letters” category and one music award.

4. No fancy celebration. Since 1984, Pulitzer winners have received their prizes from the president of Columbia University at a modest luncheon in May in the rotunda of the Low Library in the presence of family members, professional associates, board members and the faculty of the School of Journalism. The Pulitzer organization has declined offers to transform the occasion into a television extravaganza.

5. Mediocrity is not rewarded. The board is not above leaving some categories “unawarded” if they believe that of the 1,000 or so entries, there is no clear winner. In 2008, for example, it gave no prize in Editorial Writing, and in 2004 left Feature Writing unawarded, suggesting that the board was seeking to improve the quality in those genres.

This year’s winners will be posted at 3 p.m. at http://www.pulitzer.org. Of course we’ll have the news for you right here, and we’ll be especially interested in the public service award.

Read the Rest at –  5 Things You Need to Know About the Pulitzer – Tonic.

2010 Pulitzer Prize winners:

Journalism

Public ServiceBristol (Va.) Herald Courier

Breaking News ReportingThe Seattle Times Staff

Investigative Reporting – Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman of the Philadelphia Daily News and Sheri Fink of ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine

Explanatory Reporting – Michael Moss and members of The New York Times Staff

Local Reporting – Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

National Reporting – Matt Richtel and members of The New York Times Staff

International Reporting – Anthony Shadid of The Washington Post

Feature Writing – Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post

Commentary – Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post

Criticism – Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing – Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie of The Dallas Morning News

Editorial Cartooning – Mark Fiore, self syndicated, appearing on SFGate.com

Breaking News Photography – Mary Chind of The Des Moines Register

Feature Photography – Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post

Letters, Drama and Music

FictionTinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)

DramaNext to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey

HistoryLords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed (The Penguin Press)

BiographyThe First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)

PoetryVersed by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press)

General NonfictionThe Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday)

MusicViolin Concerto by Jennifer Higdon (Lawdon Press)

Special Citations

Hank Williams

press release on the Special Citation awarded to Hank Williams

via The Pulitzer Prizes | What’s New.

via Columbia Jrn Review (CJR) on Twitter.

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