The Pulitzers pay tribute to the local press


BarcelonaProximity journalism is often the one that best explains the reality close to the readers. This year’s Pulitzer Prize winners, who were awarded this Monday, highlighted the local press and awarded some of their most outstanding awards to headlines such asMiami Heraldthe Tampa Bay Times or the Chicago Tribune.

In the investigative journalism category the winner was the newspaper Tampa Bay Times for the series of reports Poisoned, by journalists Corey G. Johnson, Rebecca Wollington, and Eli Murray, who exposed the toxicity hazards of a Tampa factory that specializes in recycling car batteries. With their reports, the journalists, who spent two years investigating the factory, revealed that the factory workers, mostly black or immigrants, had been exposed to a neurotoxin.

The Miami Herald won the 23rd Pulitzer Prize in its history for its coverage of the collapse of the Champlain Building, in which 98 people died. “It was a story we had to tell because the people and families of Surfside who were struck by this unimaginable tragedy were part of our community,” said Miranda Richardson, the newspaper’s executive director, about the award at the best breaking news coverage.

Cecilia Reyes del. Was awarded in the specific category of local journalism Chicago Tribune and Madison Hokings of the Better Government Association.

The awards also highlight pieces that address complex issues to the general public. In the category of in-depth journalism, the winner was the popular science magazine Quanta Magazine and especially journalist Natalia Wolchover, who was honored for her article on the James Webb Space Telescope.

New York Times Awards

Although there was a significant presence of local headlines, newspapers considered national in the United States were also awarded. This is the case of New York Times, which won the award for best national report for an investigative work on road police checks that have ended with the death of drivers stopped by officers. The headline also won the international category award for its report on US airstrikes in the Middle East, which have resulted in numerous civilian deaths.

Salamishah Tillet, a newspaper contributor, won the Critics Award for her articles focusing on the black community in the United States in areas such as art and popular culture.

For its part, the Washington Postanother national newspaper, won the public service award for The Attack, a report that examined chronologically the events that led to the attack on the Capitol. It’s not the only story related to this historic moment that was awarded yesterday by the Pulitzer: Getty photographers were distinguished by the images they captured during protests by Trump supporters.

In addition to awarding Getty, the category of breaking news photography also recognized the work of Los Angeles Times which covered the departure of the United States from Afghanistan.

A group of Reuters photojournalists were also recognized in the photography section for covering the impact of covid in India. Among this group of photojournalists is Danish Siddiqui, who died last July while in the war in Afghanistan. The jury noted that these are images that strike a balance between intimacy and devastation.

The award for best illustrated report went to Insider and the comic by Fahmida Azim, Anthony Del Col, Josh Adams and Walt HickeyHow I escaped a Chinese internment camp [Com vaig escapar d’un centre d’internament xinès].

Pulitzer Prize officials stressed that these are difficult times for journalists and cited professionals killed in the war in Ukraine but also in other parts of the world such as Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries to do this job, or the Afghanistan. In fact, yesterday the Pulitzers awarded a special prize to Ukrainian journalists for their coverage of the Russian invasion of the country. “Despite the bombings, kidnappings, occupation and even deaths, they have persisted in their efforts to provide an accurate picture of a terrible reality,” said Marjorie Miller, awards administrator.

The awards, which have been presented since 1917, are the legacy of journalist Joseph Pulitzer, who died in 1911 and left an economic legacy that served to establish the awards.


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