The prestigious American prizes which recognize journalists, photographers and writers were awarded in New York on Monday, April 18. Between the refugee crisis and terrorism, the awarded subjects reflect the current world.
The most prestigious prize for journalism and reporting celebrates its 100th anniversary with its 2016 edition. Launched in 1917 by Jospeh Pulitzer, a Hungarian-born American press magnate, it sheds light on the era. As every year, it is therefore the subjects on the main topics of the news which were rewarded: migrant crisis, terrorism on a global scale, but also police violence or modern slavery. Serious themes, put in image or in text, by the Anglo-Saxon press.
The Public Service Award, the most coveted, was handed over to the Associated Press for an investigation into the working conditions of enslaved Burmese fishermen whose shrimp supplied the US market. Following the investigation, 2000 fishermen were released and numerous arrests took place. Read it here.
Two prizes in the category photo “Breaking News” were awarded: for four photographers from the New York Times – Mauricio lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler hicks and Daniel Etter – and their work on refugees, to see, in part, here. Photo teams from the Thomson Reuters news agency, which followed the migrants on the route between Syria and Europe, were also laureates.
On the text side, it’s the Los Angeles Times who was given the “Breaking News” award for his coverage of the San Bernardino massacre in California, where a jihadist couple killed 14 people.
Former head of the Kabul office of New York Times, now based in Paris, Alissa Rubin received the price of international reporting for her stories on the suffering of Afghan women during the American occupation of the country. His investigations are listed on the Pulitzer Prize website.
THEthe price of the investigative report recognized Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier for Tampa bay times and Michael Braga from Sarasota Herald-Tribune for their revelations, in collaboration, on the violence and negligence which reign in the psychiatric hospitals of Florida, read here.
The complete work of Washington post in the processing of data on gun violence committed by the US police was awarded the price of “National Reporting”. It lists the burrs, the deaths caused by the police and the profile of the victims. Impressive and alarming.
T. Christian Miller from ProPublica and Ken Armstrong from The Marshall Project, for their investigations into the failures of the legislation around rape and the trauma of victims, were awarded the “ Explanatory Reporting Prize ”. The series of articles can be viewed here.
The price of the photographic report was awarded to Jessica Rinaldi from Boston Globe “For the raw story of a boy who seeks to find his balance after abuse by those he trusted”, to see here.
This is Jack Ohman, from Sacramento Bee, which was awarded the press cartoon prize.
The prize for the best non-fiction book was awarded to journalist Joby Warrick for his book Black Flags: Tracing the Birth of ISIS, on the birth of the Islamic State.
On the art side, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen just won the price of fiction, musical comedy Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda was awarded in the drama category, TJ Stiles for Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America in the category “History”, William Finnegan won the award for the best biography for Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, Peter Balakian and his Ozone Journal was crowned with the Prize for Poetry and Henry Threadgill won the prize for the best musical work for In for a Penny, In for a Pound.
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