Sharing the Booty
Q. At The Times, when an individual writer or photographer wins a Pulitzer, does she or he share any of the rewards with the writer's editors and/or copy editors?
A. Mr. Cruden: The winners of all the journalism categories (except Public Service) receive $10,000. I’ve heard of winners donating the money to charity. As for editors and copy editors, they’re happy to receive a shout-out when the awards are announced, as occurred in our newsroom last Monday. Without exception the winners of the five prizes graciously thanked editors behind the scenes: Holland Carter, the art critic (and all-around good guy), who won for criticism, took it to a higher level: he thanked not only Sam Sifton,the Culture editor, and his personal editor, Nancy Kenney, but also, name by name, Sam’s deputies and assistants, and every single member of the Culture copy desk. “It was the nicest gesture I’ve ever seen,’’ said Ron Wertheimer, the copy desk chief.By the way, these days the thanks go beyond editors and copy editors, as when David Barstow, who won for Investigative Reporting, thanked multimedia, graphics and picture editing wizards — and also David McCraw, the newsroom lawyer who helped pry thousands of pages of documents from the Pentagon. People like David are our unsung heroes.