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The Pulitzer Prize turns 100 this year: Looking back on the change in journalism over that time

The Pulitzer Prize medal.
The Pulitzer Prizes
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The Pulitzer Prize medal.

This year, the Pulitzer Prize will celebrate its 100th anniversary. On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh discussed how the award and the journalism it is meant to highlight has changed over the years.

Joining the program were Jon Sawyer, Executive Director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and Margie Freivogel, former Executive Editor of St. Louis Public Radio. Later this week, the prize’s anniversary will be marked with a two-day forum at Saint Louis University Law School.

“The Pulitzer, almost from the beginning, has represented the best in journalism,” said Sawyer.  “Over time, given the types of journalists honored by the prize, it has only received greater luster. We are in a period of wrenching transition in the news media. The Pulitzer Prizes are more important than ever in upholding quality journalism at its very best.”

Freivogel and Sawyer reflected on just how much journalism has changed in the past 100 years, what makes good journalism today, the Pulitzer Prize’s struggle with diversity and the challenge of reporting on the 2016 presidential election. Listen to the full conversation here:

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