The Pulitzer Prizes reflect major crises
Text and photo reports on the dramas that shake the world were rewarded on Monday.
Wars, refugee crisis, terrorism: the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes advertisementMonday in New York echoed the great tragedies of the world this year. These awards, named after journalist Joseph Pulitzer, first awarded in 1917, are among the most prestigious in journalism and artistic creation.
Two Pulitzer Prizes were exceptionally awarded in the “Breaking news” photo category: one in four photographers from the New York Times–Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter– for their work on refugees and the dangers they face; the other went to the photo teams of the Thomson Reuters agency, having followed the migrants on an uncertain journey of hundreds of kilometers, mainly a consequence of the war in Syria (See some photos signed Reuters above, and NYT below ).
Alissa Rubin, former head of the Kabul office of the New York Times now based in Paris, was awarded in the international reporting category for its coverage of the suffering of Afghan womenmore than 14 years after the American invasion to dislodge the Taliban.
Two Ways to Depict Terrorism
the Los Angeles Times received the Pulitzer in the “Breaking News” category for his outstanding coverage of the San Bernardino Massacre (California) last December, by a self-radicalized young Pakistani couple who killed 14 people.
And in the non-fiction category the Pulitzer went to “Black Flags: the rise of ISIS” by Joby Warrick.
For the first time, two magazine journalists have been awarded a Pulitzer, both from New Yorker: critic Emily Nussbaum and Kathryn Schultz.
Two thousand freed slaves
The AP news agency received the Pulitzer’s most coveted “public service” award for an investigation in Asia into the working conditions of slave fishermen, whose shrimp ended up in the United States. The investigation had led to the release of 2,000 slaves and numerous arrests.
And in the national reporting category, the Pulitzer went to washington postfor creating a database of people killed by US police and profiling those victims.
The musical Hamilton, one of the current big hits on Broadway in New York, unsurprisingly won the theater category.
3000 applications in 22 categories
In total, the Pulitzer Jury had received some 3,000 nominations for these awards given in 22 categories, including 1,112 for the 14 journalism award categories.
The winner of the public service award wins a gold medal, the others a prize of 10,000 dollars. They will receive their awards at a luncheon in New York in a few weeks.
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