The Pulitzer Prize Board has announced an award of $25,823 to The Humanities Council-SC meant to fund “From the Jazz Age to the Digital Age: Pulitzer Prize Winners in South Carolina,” a program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Prizes in 2016 through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative.
The Humanities Council-SC and its partners, SCETV and the USC College of Information and Communications, will produce three 30-minute television programs spotlighting the state’s Pulitzer Prize winners that will be broadcast statewide and distributed nationally.
The first will feature South Carolina’s living Pulitzer Prize commentators and columnists. Those expected to participate are Kathleen Parker and Jim Hoagland, both of The Washington Post. The second 30-minute program will feature South Carolina’s living Pulitzer Prize winning reporters: Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry-Hawes and Natalie Caula-Hauff, whose series on domestic violence for The Post and Courier won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. The third program will examine the significance and lasting impact of the late Julia Peterkin, South Carolina’s only recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in literature.
All three programs will be taped in front of a studio audience in spring 2016 and will air on SCETV.
To prepare for its centennial, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the Campfires Initiative, which aims to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary and artistic values the prizes represent. To inspire year-long programming throughout the country, the board partnered with the Federation of State Humanities Councils on the initiative. After a review of grant proposals, the Pulitzer Prize Board awarded more than $1.5 million to 46 state humanities councils.