The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism is renaming its Journalism building to “Pulitzer Hall,” in honor of its founder, Joseph Pulitzer. The update will formally take place on April 20, the school’s 100th anniversary.
“Among Joseph Pulitzer’s many contributions to journalism was his understanding that the profession must innovate and modernize to continue to meet its public responsibility,” explained University President Lee C. Bollinger. “This renaming comes at a fitting time, as it allows us to celebrate the Journalism School’s proud heritage, while recognizing the pioneering scholarship and teaching that is occurring at Columbia during this moment of transformative change in the field.”
“Our school is very fortunate in having a compelling founder and a fascinating institutional history,” added Nicholas Lemann, Dean of Columbia’s Journalism School. “We are happy to have an opportunity to make the connection more plainly. The Pulitzer family has remained involved with the Journalism School, but is no longer in the newspaper business. The school and the Pulitzer Prizes are its legacy in journalism.”