Honoring some of the best in journalism
The 2022 Pulitzer Prizes honored news organizations around the country for work in investigative reporting, local reporting, audio reporting, and a dozen other categories.
The prizes are named after 19th century newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who the Pulitzer Prize website describes as a passionate crusader against dishonest government, a fierce, hawk-like competitor who did not shrink from sensationalism in circulation struggles, and a visionary who richly endowed his profession.
Pulitzer made a provision in his will for establishing the prizes as an incentive to excellence. Many of the awards through the years have gone to larger publications but occasionally the organization honors a smaller operation.
In addition to journalism, awards are also given every year for books, drama, and music.
Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues. This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.