‘Life Amid the Ruins’ A couple holds hands and walks amid the wreckage of their country’s wounded landscape. Experts familiar with the rebuilding efforts in Haiti say relief work is finally speeding up under the guidance of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission. The group has set a goal of removing 40 percent of the earthquake rubble by October and has approved projects such as highways, apartment buildings and 250 temporary schools for children. But even with these projects underway, rebuilding Haiti will take many years. (Carol Guzy, The Washington Post)
Pulitzer Prize winners for 2011 have been released. Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of the Washington Post won the Breaking News Photography prize. Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of the Washington Post were awarwed the prize for their up-close portrait of grief and desperation after a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti.
Josue Hercules’ mother, Wendoly Andrade, says, ‘I do not know what will happen to my son’s life.’ Six months after the shooting, Josue’s father moved out, leaving his mother to balance Josue’s increased needs with those of her other four children. In this photo, from left, Josue, Katherine, Kevin, Kimberlin and Oscar share a one-bedroom apartment with their mother. (Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times – December 29, 2010)
The 95th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, were announced last week by Columbia University. More than 2,500 entries are submitted each year to the Pulitzer Prize competition and only 21 prizes are awarded.
The year-long process begins with the appointment of 102 distinguished jurors who serve on separate juries and make three recommendations in each of 21 categories. In twenty of these, each winner receives a certificate and a US$10,000 cash award. The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal, which always goes to a newspaper, although an individual may be named in the citation.