The Pulitzer Prize, one of the most important in world journalism, announced this Friday (11) its winners, with a focus on coverage of anti-racism protests and the coronavirus pandemic.
Teenager Darnella Frazier, 18, received an honorable mention for “courageously filming the death of George Floyd,” according to the official statement. On the website, organizers highlighted the importance of citizens’ contributions to the “search for truth and justice” in journalism.
With two awards each, the American newspaper The New York Times and the news agency The Associated Press were the biggest winners of the year.
In the Public Service category, the NYT was awarded for its “bold,” “visionary,” and “extensive” coverage of the pandemic, which emphasized social and racial inequalities in the American health care system.
Individually, New York Times Magazine staff Wesley Morris won the Critics Award for his “engaged,” “playful,” and “deep” work at the intersection of race and culture in the United States.
This is the critic’s second Pulitzer Prize, who was honored in 2012 in the same category while working for the American newspaper Boston Globe.
The Associated Press, meanwhile, was honored in the Hot News Photojournalism category during its coverage of the American reaction to the death of George Floyd, a black man who was suffocated by a white police officer in March of last year. Floyd’s death mobilized thousands of Americans to protest in the streets and opened space for the advance of the fight against racism in the United States.
And, for a photographic series portraying the lives of seniors impacted by Covid-19 in Spain, journalist Emilio Morenatti, lead photographer for the Associated Press in Spain and Portugal, won the Specialized Photography award.
A journalist with the agency since 2004, Morenatti has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
In the International Coverage category, BuzzFeed won its first Pulitzer Prize for a series of “clear” and “involving” reports on the persecution of Uighurs in China, which featured the use of multiple resources, including satellite imagery.
Other winners of the year included the Boston Globe, in the Investigative Coverage category, which revealed in August 2020 that truck drivers committed offenses on American highways without incurring heavy penalties. This was the newspaper’s 27th Pulitzer Prize, known for its investigation into cases of pedophilia in the Catholic Church portrayed in the movie “Spotlight: Secrets Revealed” (2015).
Scientific journalist Ed Yong, from the American magazine The Atlantic, was also awarded for Explanatory Coverage of Covid-19 in the United States, which, according to the award’s organizers, was “lucid” and “crucial”. Prior to working at the magazine, Young had his work published in the NYT and National Geographic magazine.
Los Angeles Times journalist Robert Greene was also awarded for his work examining the region’s criminal justice system, including topics such as policing, bail reform and prisons. Greene’s victory represents the 48th Pulitzer Prize received by the newspaper.
Created in 1917 to honor journalists, the Pulitzer Prize has undergone multiple changes since its first event, such as the recognition of stories published online when newspapers migrated to the digital medium, and the inclusion of non-journalistic categories, such as music and fiction.