The biggest awards in journalism--the Pulitzer Prizes--are set to be announced on Monday afternoon.
Despite perennial criticism about its supposedly safe choices, and its adherence to print media in a digital age, the Pulitzers have retained their status as the Oscars of the reporting business, and newsrooms around the country will wait with baited breath to see if they have been chosen.
Though the chatter surrounding the prizes has noticeably died down in recent years, that hasn't stopped some from speculating about who will collect an award. Former newspaper journalist Bill Lucey, for instance, wrote that the New York Times is rumored to have received four awards, for features ranging from John Branch's widely praised "Snow Fall" avalanche story to David Barstow's investigation of Wal-Mart's business practices in Mexico.
In Poynter, Roy Harris mentioned the Branch and Barstow pieces as well, along with a wide range of potential contenders.
All will be revealed when the Pulitzers are announced at Columbia University at 3 PM.