US Probe into domestic violence wins Pulitzer

April 22, 2015 2:00 am
The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, won the
Pulitzer Prize for public service yesterday for an examination of the
deadly toll of domestic violence, while the New York Times collected three awards and the Los Angeles Times two.
The Seattle Times
staff took the breaking award for its coverage of a mudslide that
killed 43 people and its exploration of whether the disaster could have
been prevented.
The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal both won investigative reporting prizes, the Times
for an examination of lobbyists’ influence on state attorneys general,
the Journal for detailing fraud and waste in the Medicare payment

image showing racial unrest following the police shooting of a black
teenager won a Pulitzer Prize. Photo / Robert Cohen / St Louis
Post-Dispatch via AP
The Times’ coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa won Pulitzers for international reporting and feature photography, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
was honoured in the breaking news photography category for its images
of the racial unrest touched off by the deadly police shooting of
Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Washington Post took the national reporting prize for exposing security lapses that spurred an overhaul of the Secret Service.
The Pulitzer judges also recognised less widely known stories, such as the Post and Courier‘s
exploration of 300 women’s deaths in the past decade. The paper shed
light on a legal system in which first-time offenders face at most 30
days in jail for a domestic violence beating but can get five years in
prison for cruelty to a dog. Since the series was published, state
lawmakers have proposed tougher penalties for domestic violence, and
Governor Nikki Haley created a task force to investigate the problem.
Pulitzers, established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer and first
given out in 1917, are American ’s highest honour. The public
service award consists of a gold medal; the other awards carry a prize
of $10,000 ($13,088) each.
For the first time this year, many
online and print magazines were eligible for the awards – in feature
writing and investigative reporting only – but none of them won.
the winners were largely drawn from old-media names, “the digital
component of their work is becoming more and more sophisticated”, prize
administrator Mike Pride said. “Newspapers know where the future is and,
in some cases, are doing really good jobs at it.”

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