Joseph Pulitzer, the newspaper publisher of New York World and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, retired from his newspaper publishing successes as well as his accomplishments with the breakthrough of yellow journalism.
Pulitzer gave his retirement declaration on April 10, 1907. He died in October of 1911. This quote from his speech was published one month after his death and remains on the editorial page of St. Louis Post-Dispatch today:
- "I know that my retirement will make no difference in its cardinal principles, that it will always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty." (http://www.bartleby.com/73/1249.html)
As he predicted that his retirement wouldn't make a difference in ending newspaper's development, Pulitzer's name and achievements still remain active in today's world. Every spring, a Pulitzer Prize is awarded to someone who has gone beyond the standards in their field, ranging from many different entertainment and criticizing categories.