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Reuters wins two Pulitzers, ProPublica wins the coveted public service prize

The annual Pulitzers, first awarded in 1917, are the most prestigious awards in American journalism

Reuters won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, May 6, taking home the Breaking News Photography Award for searing images of the Israeli-Gaza conflict, as well as the National Reporting Award for a series of investigations into Elon Musk’s manufacturing empire.

ProPublica won the coveted public service award for stories about secret gifts and trips that U.S. Supreme Court justices, most notably Clarence Thomas, accepted from wealthy donors. The New York Times and the Washington Post each won three awards.

The annual Pulitzers, first awarded in 1917, are the most prestigious awards in American journalism.

Reuters photographers – often working at great risk to their personal safety – produced what the Pulitzer judges called “raw and urgent” images, documenting the early days of the war between Israel and Hamas, which began with the attack militant group on October 7 in the early morning. Israel that killed 1,200 people.

Since then, Israel’s retaliatory offensive in the Gaza Strip has killed more than 34,000 people, including many children, and displaced the majority of the 2.3 million residents. According to the World Food Program, almost half of the population suffers from catastrophic hunger.

The winning photos include one taken in October by Reuters photographer Mohammed Salem, showing a Palestinian woman cradling the body of her five-year-old niece in Gaza. That photo previously won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year 2024.

Reuters’ Musk series, “The Musk Industrial Complex,” revealed a spate of injuries and one death at Musk’s rocket company SpaceX and the mistreatment of animals at his brain implant company Neuralink.

In addition, Reuters found that electric car pioneer Tesla covered up dangerous defects, manipulated range estimates on the dashboard of its cars and shared sensitive images recorded by its vehicles without the driver’s knowledge. The series sparked investigations in the US and Europe and called for action from US lawmakers.

Reuters shared the national reporting award with the Washington Post, which won for its investigation of the AR-15 rifle and its role in U.S. gun violence.

“These Pulitzer recognitions showcase some of Reuters’ greatest strengths – urgent, expert, on-the-ground reporting of historic world events as they unfold, and hard-hitting, revealing and agenda-setting business journalism that serves our global audience and the public interest . said Reuters editor-in-chief Alessandra Galloni.

She noted that many of the winning photographers risked their lives and had lost their homes, friends and relatives during the violence. Issam Abdullah, a Reuters journalist, was killed by an Israeli tank in October while filming shelling at the Lebanon-Israel border.

In addition to Salem, the Pulitzer photography team included staff photographers Ahmed Zakot, Amir Cohen, Ammar Awad, Evelyn Hockstein, Anas al-Shareef, Ibraheem Abu Mustafa and Ronen Zvulun, and freelance journalist Yasser Qudih.

Marisa Taylor, Steve Stecklow, Norihiko Shirouzu, Hyunjoo Jin, Rachael Levy, Kevin Krolicki, Marie Mannes, Waylon Cunningham and Koh Gui Qing produced the Musk series.

“Our winning work illustrates why journalism is so important to inform the public and hold those in power to account,” said Paul Bascobert, president of Reuters.

The Times won the International Reporting Prize for its coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict, while the paper’s Hannah Dreier received the Investigative Journalism Award – her second Pulitzer – for exposing the use of child labor by migrants in the US.

The Associated Press won the award for feature photography for its reporting on migrants moving from Latin America to the US.

Lookout Santa Cruz, a local digital-only news channel, won the breaking news award for its coverage of the catastrophic flooding that hit California in January 2023.

The awards are administered by Columbia University. They are named for newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who died in 1911 and left money to establish the prizes and a journalism school at the university. – Rappler.com