Over a century ago, one young emigrant from Hungary spoke of his passion to further “the progress and elevation of journalism” because this “noble profession had unequalled importance through its influence on the minds and morals of the people”. The founders of these awards don’t pretend to be following Joseph Pulitzer’s lead in every respect. The challenges presented by 47 countries and many different languages are different. But the elevation of journalism is a constant, urgent imperative: one that must dominate and one that must grow.