Announcements of the Pulitzer awards, the most coveted prizes in journalism, meant celebrations for many news rooms around the country. The Boston Globe won three Pulitzer Prizes -- for local reporting, commentary, and criticism. Amont other winners were United Press International, the Gannett Company, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, for its coverage of Three Mile Island.
The Pulitzer for spot news photography went to a United Press International photographer, whose name was withheld to his own safety. He was cited for a photograph showing a government firing squad executing nine Kurdish rebels and two former police officers of the deposed Shah in Sanandaj, Iran.
Some of the other prizes went to:
* The St. Petersburg (Fla.) times for national reporting for its investigation of the Church of Scientology.
* Norman Mailer for fiction for "The Executioner's Song," on the Gary Gilmore execution.
* The Louisville Courier-Journal for international reporting and photography on Cambodia.
* The Wall Street Journal for distinguished editorial writing.