Pulitzers honour coverage of Covid-19, Black Lives Matter protests

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The Associated Press won two Pulitzer Prizes in photography Friday for its coverage of the racial injustice protests and the coronavirus’s toll on the elderly, while The New York Times won the public service award for its in-depth, but accessible reporting on the pandemic.

The honors were among a series awarded for coverage of the pandemic and protests in 2020. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis won the breaking news prize for its reporting following the killing of George Floyd, while Darnella Frazier — the teenager who filmed Floyd’s killing — received a special citation.

Frazier’s award was intended to highlight “the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice,” while the board called the Tribune’s prize-winning coverage “urgent, authoritative and nuanced.”

The AP and The New York Times each won two prizes.

The feature photography prize went to AP’s chief photographer in Spain, Emilio Morenatti, who captured haunting images of an older couple embracing through a plastic sheet, mortuary workers in hazmat gear removing bodies and of people enduring the crisis in isolation.

The breaking information prize for protest protection was shared by 10 AP photographers. One extensively reproduced {photograph} by Julio Cortez on the night time of May 28 in riot-torn Minneapolis exhibits a lone, silhouetted protester working with an upside-down American flag previous a burning liquor retailer.

“It is a tremendous honor to win not only one, but two Pulitzer Prizes for photography, and a true testament to the talent and dedication of AP photojournalists,” stated AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt. “These photographers told the stories of the year through remarkable and unforgettable images that resonated around the world.”

The Star Tribune received for breaking information for its protection of the May 25, 2020 killing of Floyd and the ensuing civil unrest that tore by means of town. Floyd, a Black man, died as he was being pinned to the bottom by a white Minneapolis police officer.

Video of the killing sparked a wave of protests, first within the Twin Cities after which nationwide.

Star Tribune journalists coated the fad in Minneapolis, the place protesters burned buildings together with a police station.

The officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds was later convicted of homicide.

The New York Times received its public service prize for pandemic protection the judges stated was “courageous, prescient and sweeping coverage” and “filled the data vacuum” for most people. Wesley Morris of the Times received for criticism bearing on the intersection of race and tradition.

The Boston Globe obtained the investigative reporting Pulitzer for a sequence demonstrating how poor authorities oversight imperils street security. The sequence detailed how the United States lacks an efficient nationwide system to maintain monitor of drivers who commit critical offenses in one other state. It additionally reported how the more and more lethal trucking trade operates with minimal federal authorities oversight.

The prize for explanatory reporting was shared by two recipients, together with Reuters. Ed Yong of The Atlantic received for a sequence of deeply reported and accessible articles concerning the pandemic.

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