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What does it take to win a Pulitzer? Panel of Pulitzer winners will speak at USM

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 The 2006 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service, awarded to the Sun Herald for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
DREW TARTER/SUN HERALD/FILE The 2006 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service, awarded to the Sun Herald for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

LONG BEACH -- The University of South Mississippi will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the most prestigious award in journalism by hosting a panel discussion Thursday at the Gulf Park campus.

"The Pulitzer Prize and Mississippi Journalism" is a series presented by the Mississippi Humanities Council in partnership with the Pulitzer Board and USM's Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.

Thursday's session, "The Pulitzer Prize in Mississippi: Responding to Natural Disasters," will feature Stan Tiner, former executive editor of the Sun Herald, which won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina; Natasha Tretheway, Gulfport native and winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for poetry; and Charlie Mitchell, journalism professor at the University of Mississippi and former editor of the Vicksburg Post, which won the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of a devastating tornado.

Charles Overby, former executive editor of the Clarion-Ledger, which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of education reform, will moderate the panel, will take place 5 p.m. at the Hardy Hall Ballroom. A reception will follow.

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