Redesigned Pulitzer Web Site More ‘Vibrant,’ Newsy

By: Joe Strupp

The redesigned Web site for the Pulitzer Prizes is promising easier access to the winning stories, along with more background on each winner and images of them receiving their awards.

The re-launched site is “providing better access to a wealth of information on the best in American newspaper journalism and the arts from 1917 to the present,” the awards office said Wednesday in a release.

Pulitzer Administrator Sig Gissler said Pulitzer.org will continue to provide access to winning stories, online submissions, and photos back to 1995, but with an easier navigational approach and more visual look.

“It is a more vibrant, more newsy look to the site while having a more dignified tone,” he said. “There is easier access to information. A lot of it is information we have had in the past, but we have added more detail.”

First launched in 1995, the site also continues to list all winners since the awards began in 1917 and for those dating back 13 years: a photo of the winners receiving the award, a list of jurors on the jury that nominated the finalists for that year, and biographical information.

The Web site, which has long been a comprehensive source of all winners and finalists lists and cross-referenced searches, has been re-designed with more home page visuals and an easier-to-use timeline dating back to the first awards. Check it out here.

In addition, the Web site now includes the list of finalists in each category dating back to 1980, when finalists were first revealed along with the winners.

Gissler said the redesign took several months, but would not reveal the cost. He said the site now includes more news about past Pulitzer winners and little extras such as information about the Pulitzer Gold Medal that includes an image of Benjamin Franklin on one side and an old-fashioned press worker on the other.

“The medal, about two and three-quarter inches in diameter and a quarter-inch thick, is not solid gold,” the item states. “It is silver with 24-carat gold plate and presented to the winning newspaper in an elegant cherry-wood box with brass hardware.” Who knew?

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