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Former SC judge CK Prasad appointed as Chairman of Press Council of India

Government has appointed former Supreme Court Judge CK Prasad as Chairman of Press Council of India (PCI) for second term. His nomination was approved by three-member committee headed by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. He was earlier appointed to post in November 2014 after Justice Markanday Katju stepped down.

Press Council of India (PCI)

PCI is a statutory body with mandate to act as watchdog to oversee conduct of the print media. It derives its mandate from Press Council Act, 1978.

Composition: It consist of Chairman (who has by convention, been a retired judge of Supreme Court) and 28 other members off whom 20 represent press, five are nominated from two Houses of Parliament and three represent cultural, literary and legal fields.

Functions: It is statutory, quasi-judicial body acting as watchdog of press. It adjudicates complaints against and by the press for violation of ethics and for violation of the freedom of the press respectively.

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2018 Pulitzer Prizes winners

The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded by Pulitzer Prize Board for work during 2017 calendar year. In Journalism, New York Times won most awards of any newspaper, with three, bringing its total to 125 Pulitzer Prizes. The New York Times and The New Yorker have jointly won the Pulitzer Prize, in the Public Service category for long-running Harvey Weinstein saga of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood. In Letters, Drama & Music, Andrew Sean Greer’s comic novel Less won best Fiction award.

List of 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Journalism

  • Public Service: New York Times.
  • Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.
  • Investigative Reporting: The Washington Post
  • Explanatory Reporting: The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network.
  • Local Reporting: The Cincinnati Enquirer Staff
  • National Reporting: New York Times and Washington Post
  • International Reporting: Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato of Reuters
  • Feature Writing: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, freelance reporter, GQ
  • Commentary: John Archibald of Alabama Media Group, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Criticism: Jerry Saltz of New York magazine
  • Editorial Writing: Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register.
  • Editorial Cartooning: Jake Halpern, freelance writer and Michael Sloan, freelance cartoonist, New York Times.
  • Breaking News Photography: Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress
  • Feature Photography: Photography Staff of Reuters

Letters, Drama & Music

  • Fiction: Less, by Andrew Sean Greer.
  • Drama: Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok.
  • History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis (Liveright/W.W. Norton).
  • Biography or Autobiography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser
  • Poetry: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, by Frank Bidart.
  • General Nonfiction: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
  • Music:, by Kendrick Lamar

Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize is an annual award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in will of American-Hungarian newspaper publisher and master of yellow journalism Joseph Pulitzer. The award is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in 21 categories. In 20 of the categories, each winner receives certificate and US$15,000 cash award. The winner in the public service category of the journalism is awarded a gold medal.

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