Pulitzer Prize winners were announced today by Columbia University, with a few journalism upstarts joining the old media standard bearers. USA Today reports that joining old guard operations such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Associated Press and Washington Post were relative newcomers ProPublica and The Marshall Project.
“The Tampa Bay Times, whose online front-page proudly reads ‘Winner of 10 Pulitzer Prizes,’ added two more to its hefty collection Monday, winning the top journalism award for investigative and local stories,” the article notes.
Also among the journalism winners were the New Yorker and the Sacramento Bee.
The L.A. Times won the prize for breaking news reporting for its coverage of the San Bernardino terror shooting, while the AP won in the public service category for investigative reporting on labor abuses in the seafood business.
“Investigative reporting Pulitzers went to Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for their jointly produced stories on the failings of Florida mental hospitals,” USA Today notes. “They were ‘a stellar example of collaborative reporting by two news organizations that revealed escalating violence and neglect in Florida mental hospitals and laid the blame at the door of state officials,’ the Pulitzer board said.”
The prizes are administered by the journalism graduate school at Columbia University and are awarded in categories recognizing journalism, letters, drama and music.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” won the drama award, with the nonfiction Prize going to “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS” by Joby Warrick.