Pulitzer Winning Photos Are Interactive to the Mind

Where would the world be without photos? Movies wouldn’t be around. History and journalism are now more visual media than ever. Journalists use photos in television, the web and newspapers. People are drawn to imagery, no pun intended. Pulitzer Prize winning photos are the ones that you can sense. They are the photos in which you can smell, see, hear, touch and taste what is within the photo. They break your empathy and make you show emotions. They make you feel like a part of history by seeing them. That is a Pulitzer Prize winning photo. Photojournalists are responsible for capturing these photos and transporting them into people’s minds. Continue reading “Pulitzer Winning Photos Are Interactive to the Mind”

A Glimpse of Life: Words Painting a Picture

Photojournalism is a more than snapping pictures on your smartphone and editing them on some Photoshop app. Not only do people have to be up to date with current events going on around the globe, but they must be willing to make sacrifices. Capturing the perfect shot can be difficult.  Photojournalists may find themselves face-to-face with gut-wrenching sights. Continue reading “A Glimpse of Life: Words Painting a Picture”

A Moment in Time

“Everything has a story about it.  You just have to be able to see it” Pulitzer Prize winner, Jerry Gay, says. How right he is. Since the invention of the camera, photographs have helped humanity capture moments in time–for all of time. Unlike people, not all moments are created equal. Some pictures can speak to us: they can show us powerful moments in human history. Most often, this is a moment that is “a front seat to history” as Pulitzer Prize photojournalist John White puts it. Continue reading “A Moment in Time”

Photos That Stood Out

Who hasn’t taken a picture?  Most everyone has some form of social media and has taken a photo and posted it and has received praise for how good it looked that day.  Well, for photojournalists, that isn’t always the case.  They may post pictures on the web and show a story they covered and receive praise for it.  But they have to sometimes go to some of the worst natural disasters and get photos of them.  “You rage inside at the helplessness.  To try to deal with it, you seek out elements of humanity and courage.”—Carol Guzy.  Continue reading “Photos That Stood Out”

Looking Through Photos in the Dark

Babe Ruth stands about 10 feet in front of home plate, slightly toward third base.  Yankee Stadium is full and on its feet.  The 1949 Yankees line the first base line, hats off, listening to Babe speak.  There is no color but it is a sunny day.  He leans to his right on a baseball bat while speaking to the crowd.  His back is visible, and his number three is the focal point of the piece.  Banners and American flags wave above the third deck, as the Sultan of Swat says goodbye.  This photo won the 1949 Pulitzer prize.  Every person in attendance got, as John White said, “a front seat to history.”  Nat Fein captured it forever. Continue reading “Looking Through Photos in the Dark”

Storytelling Without Words

Images of tragedy, celebration, immigration, natural disaster, violence, compassion, refugees, the old and the young, death and life are found among Pulitzer Prize winning photos. These photos tell stories without any words. “Everything has a story about it, you just have to be able to see it,” Jerry Gay said in “The Pulitzer Photographs: A Glimpse of Life” Continue reading “Storytelling Without Words”

Behind the Photograph


What if we had never seen a photo of the soldiers raising the American flag on Iwo Jima? What if Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald had never been captured on film? What if the images of the twin towers falling on 9/11 were only images in the minds of those who were there? Thanks to photojournalists, we don’t have to ask these questions. Photojournalists understand the importance of documenting history as it unfolds before them. It takes courage to keep your finger on the shutter and bear witness, but that is exactly what they do. The film “The Pulitzer Photographs: A Glimpse of Life” takes a look at photos that have won one of the industry’s highest honors. But what sets a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph apart for this distinction? Continue reading “Behind the Photograph”

Editor’s Letter

Dear Readers,


I hope that you’re all doing well and enjoying life. Spring semester always goes by so fast, which is such a shame. The assignments fly by but so do all the fun times spent with friends, family and professors. It really is the small, fleeting moments that make you smile throughout the day that make it all worth it. Don’t let the quizzes and essays bog you down. Do your best and make the little things count.

We have many great stories in this issue that our staff writers did a wonderful job putting together. They always impress me with their creative ideas. The staff writers we have now are great and we’re always looking for more writers to add to the University Times family. Consider stopping by one of our meetings on the UMPI campus in Pullen 116 at 12:30 every Tuesday.

Have a great day,

Brandy Smith

Editor’s Letter

Hello Readers,


There are many new things happening with the University Times. We’re not printing physical copies of our paper until the last issue of the academic year. While we do love our physical copy, we love our website just as much! We will be continuing to cover the campus and the community with the online U Times.  Please keep following us online–we never close.

We are also in the process of training a new editor for next year.  I’m very excited for you to meet her!

Midterms are already upon us and winter is coming quickly.  Where has the semester gone? I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun (or when you’re up to your eyeballs in assignments).  I wish you all the best of luck with the second half of your semester and a very happy harvest.


Brandy Smith