Pulitzer Prizes Highlight Coverage Related to George Floyd Murder, Covid-19

The Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for its photographs documenting the response in the US to the assassination of George Floyd.


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Various media outlets won Pulitzer Prizes for their coverage of the murder of George Floyd and his work related to the Covid-19 pandemic, Columbia University announced on Friday.

The New York Times won the Public Service Pulitzer 2021 for its coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Star Tribune in Minneapolis won the Pulitzer for breaking news reports for its coverage of the murder of Mr. Floyd. The board also gave a special mention to Darnella Frazier for recording Floyd’s murder in May 2020 when he was 17 years old.

For investigative reporting, the Pulitzer went to the Boston Globe for its reporting on governments’ failure to share information about dangerous truck drivers that could have prevented those people from driving. The Pulitzer for explanatory reporting was awarded to two news outlets: Reuters, for their examination of how qualified immunity protects police officers who use excessive force from prosecution, and Ed Yong of The Atlantic for his coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic. .

The Pulitzer for national reporting went to staff at The Marshall Project, AL.com, IndyStar, and the Invisible Institute for their reports on damage from police dogs. Wall Street Journal staff were among the finalists in this category for their coverage of how nursing homes were affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tampa Bay Times staff members Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi won the Local Reporting Award for their coverage of a sheriff who built a secret intelligence operation.

BuzzFeed News won the International Information Award for its work in identifying an infrastructure built by the Chinese government that is used to detain Muslims. Akacceleratorfund staff were also among the finalists in this category for their coverage of China’s nationalist leader Xi Jinping.

The Pulitzer for breaking news photographs went to the Associated Press for their photos documenting the response in the United States to the murder of George Floyd. Emilio Morenatti from the media outlet also won the feature film photography award for his photos documenting older people in Spain struggling amid the pandemic.

Author Louise Erdrich won the Pulitzer in the fiction category for her novel called “The Night Watchman” about a community trying to stop the proposed displacement of Native American tribes. The General Nonfiction Pulitzer went to David Zucchino’s “The Wilmington Lie: The Killing Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy”, which details how a black majority city in North Carolina government was overthrown after Reconstruction.

The Pulitzer Prizes are awarded by Columbia University annually.

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It appeared in the print edition of June 12, 2021 as ‘Pulitzers Highlight Coverage of Floyd Killing, Pandemic’.

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