One topic dominated Pulitzer-winning work: policing in America
In a bitterly contested election year, in the first pandemic in a century, one topic was the most prevalent among 2021 Pulitzer Prize-winners — policing in America.
Of the 15 journalism prizes, six went to work that covered, questioned and exposed police abuses. They include:
Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune for coverage of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police.
Explanatory Reporting: Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jaimi Dowdell and Jackie Botts of Reuters for coverage of qualified immunity and how it shields police officers from prosecution.
National Reporting: The staffs of The Marshall Project, Alabama Media Group, The Indianapolis Star and the Invisible Institute for an investigation into police K9 units.
Local Reporting: Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi of the Tampa Bay Times for coverage of a police program that monitored children. (Disclosure: Poynter owns the Tampa Bay Times and I work with the newsroom on an obits project.)
Breaking News Photography: Staff of the Associated Press for coverage of the response around the country to George Floyd’s murder.
Editorial Writing: Robert Greene of the …
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