Thank You, Joseph Pulitzer

I owe a lot to Joseph Pulitzer. Not only did he help set the standard of journalistic excellence, he also founded the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and endowed the scholarship that allowed me to attend.

It has been five years since I graduated from Columbia. I got my master’s in one year, so I really did not spend that much time there. However that one year, or ten months to be exact, was a significant part of my life. I did not realize this until I went back for my reunion. Reconnecting with my professors, classmates, and meeting current students reminded me of how much I love the profession and the people who work so hard to inform the public. I loved every minute I spent at Columbia and feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful institution. So, thank you, Joseph Pulitzer, for everything you did for me and the journalism profession. And with that, I leave you with this quote from Mr. Pulitzer himself:

“Our republic and it’s press will rise or fall together. An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mold the future of the republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations,” – Joseph Pulitzer