|Winning piece by The Washington Post|
All this makes me very happy. The Post piece, for instance, won the National Reporting prize, which is great. However, I wonder: Isn't it time for the Pulitzer board to create a category for infographics, data visualization, news applications, etc.? Awards already exist for other journalistic forms like explanatory reporting, feature writing, commentary, photography etc. Isn't it clear already that visualization is increasingly popular, effective, and that graphics can be standalone journalistic “stories”? Doesn't visualization deserve to be recognized as a distinct way of delivering news? I believe that it does. Moreover, as Scott Klein says, news graphics have more than two hundreds years of history, so this prize category is long overdue.
Perhaps we should open a petition.
UPDATE: Here's IndyStar's Stephen Beard on Facebook: