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The Pulitzer Prizes will be awarded on Monday to honor outstanding journalistic and artistic achievements

NEW YORK — The Pulitzer Prize ceremony is scheduled for Monday, traditionally the most anticipated day of the year for those hoping to win print journalism’s most prestigious award.

In addition to honoring winners and finalists in 15 journalism categories, the Pulitzer Board also recognizes outstanding work in fields such as books, music and theater. The awards, which recognize work from 2023, are expected to be announced via livestream at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

While predicting potential winners is a guessing game, the Pulitzers often report on the biggest stories of the year. In this case, the October 7 attack on Israel and the subsequent war in Gaza is a possibility and could cause controversy.

With the Committee to Protect Journalists estimating that at least 97 journalists and media workers have been killed in Gaza, many observers will be interested to see whether the Pulitzer Prizes recognize the work of Palestinian reporters. Last month, a group of journalism professors asked The New York Times to answer questions about an investigation into gender-based violence during the Hamas attack on Israel.

The awards are administered by Columbia University in New York, which itself has been in the headlines with student demonstrations against the war in Gaza. The Pulitzer board met last weekend outside Columbia to consider the winners.

The board issued a statement Thursday recognizing student journalists at Columbia and other universities across the country for their work in covering the campus demonstrations.

For the first time, the Pulitzer Awards opened eligibility to broadcast and audio companies that also operate digital news sites such as CNN, NPR and broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC. However, the work must primarily be done in digital journalism.

The Columbia Journalism School also administers the duPont-Columbia Awards, which honor audio and visual journalism and are presented in the winter.

The Pulitzer Awards give cash prizes and a medal for its prestigious public service award, which The Associated Press won last year for its coverage of the Russian siege of Mariupol, Ukraine.

The Pulitzers also announced that five of the 45 finalists this year used artificial intelligence in researching and reporting their submissions. It was the first time the board required applicants for the award to disclose their use of AI.

The prizes were established in the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer and were first awarded in 1917.

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David Bauder writes about media for The Associated Press. Follow him at http://twitter.com/dbauder.



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