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Pulitzer's Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism
by Roy J. Harris
University of Missouri Press, 2008
Paper: 978-0-8262-1891-9 | eISBN: 978-0-8262-6611-8 | Cloth: 978-0-8262-1768-4
Library of Congress Classification PN4798.H37 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 071.3079


No journalism awards are awaited with as much anticipation as the Pulitzer Prizes. Andamong those Pulitzers, none is more revered than the Joseph Pulitzer Gold Medal.


Pulitzer’s Gold is the first book to trace the ninety-year history of the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded annually to a newspaper rather than to individuals, in the form of that Gold Medal. Exploring this service-journalism legacy, Roy Harris recalls dozens of “stories behind the stories,” often allowing the journalists involved to share their own accounts. Harris takes his Gold Medal saga through two world wars, the Great Depression, the civil rights struggle, and the Vietnam era before bringing public-service journalism into a twenty-first century that includes 9/11, a Catholic Church scandal, and corporate exposés. Pulitzer’s Gold offers a new way of looking at journalism history and practice and a new lens through which to view America’s own story.

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