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1 KEY WORDS

 

Match the vocabulary items with their definitions

 

1.

 

2.

excellence

 

establish

a.

 

b.

use violence or threats to take control of a plane, vehicle, or ship

help someone to make decisions or judgments

 

 

3.

 

 

headquarters

 

 

c.

about something

the main building or offices used by a large

 

 

4.

 

 

hijack

 

 

d.

company or organization

not succeed in achieving something

 

5.

 

fiction

 

e.

 

react to something in a particular way

 

6.

 

fail

 

f.

 

experience something very unpleasant or painful

 

7.

 

8.

 

receive

 

involve

 

g.

 

h.

 

the possibility that something bad is going to happen

include something as a necessary part of an

 

 

9.

 

 

threat

 

 

i.

activity, event, or situation

the quality of being excellent

 

10.

 

suffer

 

j.

 

examine or discuss a subject, idea etc thoroughly

 

11.

 

12.

 

explore

 

guide

 

k.

 

l.

 

books and stories about imaginary events and people

start a company etc that is intended to exist for a

 

 

 

long time

 

 

2 FIND THE INFORMATION

 

Read the text and find the information as quickly as possible:

 

1. What is Pulitzer Prizes are given for every year?

 

2. How long has Columbia University awarded Pulitzer Prizes?

 

3. Why were eight Pulitzer Prizes awarded to newspapers in 2002?

 

4. What newspaper won a record seven Pulitzer Prizes for its work? Why?

 

5. What subject did Pulitzer Prize reporters from the Washington Post investigate?

6. Why did Barry Siegel of the Los Angeles Times win the Pulitzer Prize?

 

7. What were prize-winning editorials of Los Angeles reporters about?

 

8. Why did the Wall Street Journal win the Pulitzer Prize?

 

9. What newspaper won the criticism prize?

 

10.What is the 2002 Pulitzer Prize play about?

 

11.Who won the poetry award? Why?

 

12.What biography book won the prize? Why?

 

13.What history book won the prize? Why?

 

14.What book won the prize for fiction? Why?

 

15.What book won the prize for nonfiction? Why?

 

16.Who won the Pulitzer Prize for music? Why?

 

PULITZER PRIZE

Every year, Pulitzer Prizes are given for the best newspaper reporting, books, drama, poetry and music in the United States.

 

Columbia University in New York City has awarded Pulitzer Prizes every year since 1917. The newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer established the prize. Mr. Pulitzer was born in Hungary in 1847. He moved to the United States and settled in Saint Louis, Missouri. He became a newspaper reporter. Then he began buying newspaper companies. In 1883, Joseph Pulitzer bought the New York World. He soon changed it into one of the most important newspapers in the United States. It sold more copies than any other newspaper in the country.

 

Mr. Pulitzer became very rich. He left two million dollars to Columbia University when he died in 1911. Part of the money was to establish a graduate school of journalism to train reporters. The rest of the money was to be used as prizes for the best writing in the United States. In 2002 Columbia University gave fourteen awards to newspapers and reporters for excellence in journalism during 2001. The judges also honored seven people for their work in the arts -- for books, a play, poetry and music.

 

The most important news event of 2001 happened on September 11. On that day, Islamic militants attacked the United States. They crashed hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Defense Department headquarters near Washington, D.C. Passengers on another hijacked plane apparently crashed the plane to prevent more destruction. The attacks killed about three thousand people.

Eight of the Pulitzer Prizes awarded to newspapers were for stories about the terrorist attacks and events that followed. Pulitzer officials said no other news event was ever so widely represented in the competition. Unlike other years, all the journalism winners were major newspapers.

 

The New York Times won a record seven Pulitzer Prizes for its work last year. In the past, no newspaper has received more than three of these awards in the same year. Six of the seven awards involved the attacks and the United States-led war on terrorism in Afghanistan. For example, New York Times writers won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory writing. Their winning stories told about terrorists and their activities around the world.

 

The New York Times also won the public service award. The prize honored a part of the newspaper called A Nation Challenged. These pages told what happened after the attacks. Every day, the section contained a full page with short stories about the people who died in the attacks. A Nation Challenged also reported the progress of the war on terrorism.

 

Barry Bearak of the New York Times won the international reporting prize. He was honored for his stories about conditions and life in Afghanistan. New York Times writer Thomas L. Friedman won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary -- reports that express opinion. Mr. Friedman wrote about the effects of the terrorist threat on the world. Mr. Friedman won two earlier Pulitzer Prizes for his international reporting from the Middle East.

 

Pictures in the New York Times also received awards. Its photographers won the Pulitzer Prize for pictures of news events in progress. The winning pictures showed how the destruction of the World Trade Center affected New York City. Pulitzer Prize judges also honored New York Times photographers for feature pictures of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The judges said the winning pictures showed the peoples suffering and their strength.

 

The New York Times writer Gretchen Morgenson won the Pulitzer Prize for reporting a very different subject. She was honored for her business reporting. She told about stock market experts who advise investors. Ms Morgenson showed that some of these experts do not provide complete and honest information to investors.

 

The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times each won two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism. Bob Woodward and seven other Washington Post writers won the national reporting prize. Their stories explored the war on terrorism.

 

Three other Washington Post reporters shared a Pulitzer Prize. Scott Higham, Sari Horwitz and Sarah Cohen were honored for investigative reporting. They wrote about the deaths of two hundred twenty-nine children in the District of Columbia. The children were under the legal protection of the city when they died. The reporters showed how courts and social agencies failed to protect these children.

Barry Siegel of the Los Angeles Times won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The Pulitzer judges praised his reporting about a man found guilty of carelessness that led to the death of his son. The man killed himself. Mr. Siegel also wrote about the judge in the case.

 

Editorials express a newspapers opinions on issues. Two Los Angeles Times writers, Alex Raksin and Bob Sipchen, wrote prize-winning editorials. They told about the problems facing mentally sick people who are homeless and live on the streets.

 

The Wall Street Journal won the Pulitzer Prize for reporting events as they are happening. Its award-winning story told about the destruction of the World Trade Center. The attack also damaged the offices of the Wall Street Journal across the street. Reporters had to write about the events from a temporary headquarters. The newspaper still has not returned to its offices.

 

A cartoonist from the Christian Science Monitor in Boston, Massachusetts, won the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning. Twenty drawings by Clay Bennett won for their social comment. For example, one drawing protests the heightened security measures that followed the terrorist attacks.

 

Justin Davidson of Newsday in New York won the criticism prize. He was honored for his comments about ten classical music events. They included Metropolitan Opera productions and a New York Philharmonic Orchestra concert. The concert was held to gain money for the families of victims of the World Trade Center attack.

 

Columbia University also gave Pulitzer Prizes to honor a play, poetry, books, and music. Suzan Lori Parks became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Her play, Topdog / Underdog, is about the tense yet loving relationship between two African American brothers who live together. Carl Dennis won the poetry award for Practical Gods. Mister Dennis is a professor at the State University of New York in Buffalo. Critics have praised his work as wise and often deeply emotional.

 

David McCullough won the Pulitzer Prize for biography, the story of a persons life. His book, John Adams, tells about Americas second president. It describes the marriage of John and Abigail Adams. It also tells about Mister Adamss great skills as a diplomat.

 

Louis Menand won the Pulitzer Prize for history. His book is called The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America. It tells about several young people in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who met to discuss their ideas in 1872. The group did not last long. But it established beliefs that guided Americans in the early 20th century.

A book by Richard Russo called Empire Falls won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It is about a single father who operates an eating place in a town in Maine that used to have several factories. The town represents the hopes of its citizens.

 

Diane McWhorter won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. Her book tells about the civil rights movement in one city in the American South. It is called Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution.

 

Henry Brant won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his composition, Ice Field. Mr. Brant is a creator of 20th century spatial music. In spatial music, performers are placed in different areas in the theater. The work was performed for the first time by the San Francisco Symphony in December, 2001.

 

3 COMPREHENSION CHECK

 

Decide whether these statements are TRUE or FALSE

1. Pulitzer Prizes are awards given for the best newspaper reporting in the US and the UK.

 

2. Mr. Pulitzer was a very successful reporter who managed to become very rich.

 

3. He left all his money to Columbia University to be used as prizes.

 

4. Columbia University in New York City has awarded Pulitzer Prizes every year since 1970.

 

5. All the Pulitzer Prizes awarded to newspapers in 2002 were for stories about the terrorist attacks and events that followed.

 

6. Not only newspaper stories but pictures can be awarded with the Pulitzer Prize.

 

7. Spatial music is a kind of music played in space.

 

4 VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR

 

1) Match the beginning of the phrases with their endings to make expressions from the text

 

 

1.

receive

a.

people for their work

2.

war

b.

to newspapers and reporters

3.

awards

c.

on issues

4.

terrorist threat

d.

on the world

5.

honour

e.

on terrorism

 

6.

provide information

f.

to investors

7.

give awards

g.

awards

8.

express opinions

h.

for excellence

 

 

2) Fill in the gaps with the correct words to complete each sentence

 

Columbia University also gave Pulitzer Prizes 1)

 

honor a play, poetry,

books, and music. Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African American woman to

win the Pulitzer Prize 2)

drama. Her play, Topdog/Underdog, is about the

tense 3)

loving relationship between two African American brothers 4)

live together. Carl Dennis won the poetry award for Practical Gods. Mister Dennis

is a professor 5)

praised his work 6)

the State University of New York in Buffalo. Critics have wise and often deeply emotional.

 

David McCullough won the Pulitzer Prize for biography, the story 7) a

persons life. His book, John Adams, tells 8)

Americas second president.

It describes the marriage 9) Mister Adamss great skills 10)

 

5 FOLLOW UP ACTIVITIES

John and Abigail Adams. It also tells about a diplomat.

 

1. Think of a prize similar to the Pulitzer Prize awarded in Russia for excellence in newspaper reporting, books, poetry, drama and music.

 

2. Give a presentation about it.

 

 

1 KEY WORDS

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