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By Jonathan Allen and Gabriella Borter
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Reuters and the Minneapolis Star Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism on racial inequalities in the U.S. police on Friday, while the New York Times and the Atlantic were honored for chronicling the COVID-19 pandemic, the two songs that dominated the headlines last year.
The star’s rostrum won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news transmission for what the board calls its “urgent, authoritative and nuanced” coverage of George Floyd’s murder by police last May, while Reuters and the Atlantic shared the award explanatory reports.
The Pulitzer Prizes https://www.pulitzer.org/article/2021-pulitzer-prize-announcement are the most prestigious awards in American journalism and have been awarded since 1917, when newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer established them in a legacy to New York Columbia University in his will.
In 2020, “the nation’s news organizations faced the complexity of sequentially covering a global pandemic, a racial reckoning and a hard-contested presidential election,” said Mindy Marques, co-chair of the Pulitzer Board, at the announcement ceremony, that was streamed online. .
The board cited Reuters reporters Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jaimi Dowdell and Jackie Botts for the “pioneering data analysis” of their ‘Shielded’ series, which showed https://www.reuters.com/investigates / section / usa -police immunity as an obscure legal doctrine of ‘qualified immunity’ protected police officers who use excessive force from prosecution.
Reuters Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement that the series shaped the debate on how to reform the US police.
“In a year of tumultuous protest over the police killings of American blacks, ‘Armored’ was a work of enormous moral force on the insoluble problem facing the world’s most powerful democracy, the legacy of racial injustice,” said his statement.
The Pulitzer Prize for Reuters, a unit of Thomson Reuters (NYSE :), was the ninth in the newsroom since 2008, and the sixth in the last four years.
The Reuters team shared the award for explanatory reporting with Ed Yong of The Atlantic, who was praised by the board for “a series of clear and definitive pieces on the COVID-19 pandemic.”
ONE CASE ONLY
Reuters’ series of police stories were sparked by a single case – and it took a lengthy, complex data analysis to complete.
In April 2017, the US Supreme Court refused to reactivate the lawsuit of an unarmed suspect who accused a Houston officer of unconstitutional use of excessive force for shooting him in the back. Reuters Supreme Court reporters Chung and Hurley teamed up with data reporters Januta, Dowdell and Botts. They analyzed hundreds of cases and found that since 2005, the courts have shown an increasing tendency to grant immunity in cases of excessive force. They then described in detail the cases of a number of victims of police violence who had been denied justice even after the courts found that officers had acted too violently.
The first Reuters story was published a few weeks before the murder of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in handcuffs when a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck. The report had a great impact on the national conversation about the problems of the American police.
“The data that we came up with was cited in almost every major news organization in the immediate aftermath of George Floyd’s death,” Hurley said, adding that it has also been cited in court documents and informally by officials. judges.
Many of the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes went to coverage of police surveillance and the global protest movement that erupted after Floyd’s murder: The Associated Press won the award for breaking news photography for its images of the protests, while Robert Greene of the Los Angeles Times won for editorial writing. for his work on bond and prison reform.
The board also said it was giving a “special mention” to Darnella Frazier, the teenage bystander who recorded a video of Floyd’s murder on her cell phone, which highlighted “the crucial role of citizens in the search for truth and justice. of journalists “.
The New York Times won the honor of public service journalism, often seen as the most coveted of the 22 awards, for its “prescient and comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.” The Boston Globe won by investigative reporting for uncovering a systematic failure by state governments to share information about dangerous truck drivers that could have kept them off the road.
Friday’s price announcement, plus a value of $ 15,000 each, had been postponed since April amid the pandemic. The awards luncheon, which normally takes place shortly thereafter at Columbia University, was postponed until the fall.
The Pulitzer Board also recognizes achievements in seven categories in the arts, and awarded the fiction award to Louise Erdrich for her novel “The Night Watchman,” about an effort to displace Native American tribes in the 1950s.