Joseph Pulitzer Medal

NASW co-signs letter to the Pulitzer Prizes on newsroom diversity surveys

The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) is among the 170-plus organizations co-signing an open letter to The Pulitzer Prizes calling for the organization to mandate diversity survey participation as part of its awards qualification requirements beginning 2024.

Led by the nonprofit Open News, the letter stemmed from an April 2022 report by the Nieman Lab on “crushing resistance” by media organizations to participate in the News Leaders Association's decades-old industry diversity survey. Just 303 news organizations responded to the most recent survey effort, out of a target of 2,500 organizations.

By leveraging the reach and import of The Pulitzer Prizes, this call to action seeks to mobilize the news industry in making their diversity trends transparent — and increase the visibility of legacy barriers and opportunities for change.

Read the full letter and list of signatories at:

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Founded in 1934 with a mission to fight for the free flow of science news, NASW is an organization of ~2,500 professional journalists, authors, editors, producers, public information officers, students and people who write and produce material intended to inform the public about science, health, engineering, and technology. To learn more, visit

Hero image: The Joseph Pulitzer Medal, a round medallion depicting a man working an archaic printing press. The graphic background depicts inset details of the medal design. Credit: Columbia University/The Pulitzer Prizes

May 16, 2022

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