Friday, March 15

Thought for the day

'Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.’
~ Joseph Pulitzer (1847–1911)

See ‘Tyrant, ranter... and hero of the press’, a review of Pulitzer: A Life by Denis Brian, at http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/biography/0,6121,610075,00.html. Joseph Pulitzer, a self-taught Hungarian who went to America in an attempt to enlist as a soldier, is regarded as a pioneer of modern journalism. Having taught himself English, he was a newspaper publisher by the age of 25. His papers specialised in investigative journalism, exposing government corruption and wealthy tax dodgers. Under his editorial and business direction, The New York World became the largest circulating newspaper in the USA in the 1880s.

The Pulitzer Prize has established itself as the premier American award for arts and journalism since it was first awarded in 1917. Traditionally, the prizes have been associated with journalism, but more than 20 prizes are handed out each year, celebrating the best in photography, non-fiction and literature.