Darnella Frazier, who filmed the death of George Floyd, received a special citation, said Aminda Marqués González, co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize jury on Friday.
The board said Frazier was honored “for bravely recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that sparked protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in the search for truth and justice. justice for journalists ”.
The 2020 news cycle has been dominated by the pandemic, altering all aspects of life, including the way newsrooms operate. News organizations also covered and were touched by a ruling on racial injustice. And of course there was the presidential election.
These three topics, unsurprisingly, were the honored areas of coverage of the Pulitzer Prizes, the most prestigious awards in American journalism, on Friday afternoon.
The awards, administered by Columbia University, recognize reporting in newspapers, magazines and digital media. This year’s announcement was originally scheduled for April 19. But it was postponed to June so board members could meet in person to assess the nominations rather than picking the winners remotely.
The New York Times received this year’s Public Service Award, which is widely regarded as the Pulitzer’s highest honor.
“The award goes to The New York Times for courageous, prescient and comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus pandemic that exposed racial and economic inequalities, government failures in the United States and beyond, and filled the void of data that has helped local governments, healthcare providers, businesses and individuals be better prepared and protected, ”the board said.
The Atlantic won its first Pulitzer, with editor Ed Yong receiving the Pulitzer for his explanatory reporting. (Magazines first became eligible in all categories with the 2017 Pulitzers.) BuzzFeed News was also an inaugural winner, recognized for its international reporting.
Here is the full list of prizes awarded on Friday:
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Star Tribune Staff, Minneapolis, Minn.
Matt Rocheleau, Vernal Coleman, Laura Crimaldi, Evan Allen et Brendan McCarthy du Boston Globe
Ed Yong de l’Atlantique
Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jaimi Dowdell et Jackie Botts de Reuters
Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi of the Tampa Bay Times
The staffs of the Marshall project; AL.com, Birmingham; IndyStar, Indianapolis; and the Invisible Institute, Chicago
Megha Rajagopalan, Alison Killing et Christo Buschek de BuzzFeed News, New York
Nadja Drost, Freelance Contributor, The California Sunday Magazine
Mitchell S. Jackson, Independent Contributor, Runner’s World
Michael Paul Williams du Times-Dispatch de Richmond (Va.)
Wesley Morris du New York Times
Robert Greene du Los Angeles Times
Associated Press Photographic Staff
Emilio Morenatti of Associated Press
Lisa Hagen, Chris Haxel, Graham Smith and Robert Little of National Public Radio