Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer for Snowden NSA reporting

The Guardian newspaper and the Washington Post have just won the Pulitzer prize for their reporting on Edward Snowden’s leaks about the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping programs.

Glenn Greenwald (and many others) did the reporting for the Guardian. You can find the collection of Guardian stories that won the prize, and their associated bylines, here.

Laura Poitras (and many others) did the reporting for the Washington Post.  You can find the collection of Washington Post stories that won the prize, and their associated bylines, here.

Interestingly, the newspapers won Pulitzer’s “Public Service” award, which puts more of a value judgment, I’d argue, on the actual substance of the reporting, rather than just look at the quality of the reporting.

The Public Service award is the Pulitzer’s most prestigious, and it always goes to a publication, and not an individual.  More from the

The iconic Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal is awarded each year to the American new organization that wins the Public Service category. It is never awarded to an individual. However, through the years, the Medal has come to symbolize the entire Pulitzer program.

In 1918, a year after the Prizes began, the medal was designed by sculptor Daniel Chester French and his associate Henry Augustus Lukeman. French later gained fame for his seated Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. One side of the medal displays the profile of Benjamin Franklin, apparently based on the bust by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon. Decorating the other side is a husky, bare-chested printer at work, his shirt draped across the end of a press. Surrounding the printer are the words: “For disinterested and meritorious public service rendered by an American newspaper during the year….”

The name of the winning news organization is inscribed on the Franklin side of the medal. The year of the award is memorialized on the other side.

The medal, about two and three-quarter inches in diameter and a quarter-inch thick, is not solid gold. It is silver with 24-carat gold plate and presented to the winning newspaper in an elegant cherry-wood box with brass hardware. has a nice history of the awards, controversies included, here.

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