Social Justice-Oriented Journalism and Literature Win Pulitzer Prizes

The New York Daily News and ProPublica won one of the highest honors, the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, for their investigation uncovering how police abused eviction rules to oust hundreds of people, mostly poor minorities, from their homes.

From Japan, Kyodo News and The Asahi Shimbun took part in the ICIJ work from the beginning, while Japanese public broadcaster NHK joined it later.

The New York Daily News and Pro Publica won the Pulitzer gold medal for public service "for uncovering, primarily through the work of reporter Sarah Ryley, widespread abuse of eviction rules by the police to oust hundreds of people, majority poor minorities".

The New York Times, affectionately nicknamed the "grey lady", won three Pulitzers at today's ceremony for breaking news photography, feature writing and worldwide news.

A 3,000-circulation newspaper that publishes twice a week has won the Pulitzer Prize for taking on powerful agricultural organizations after a water utility sued the paper's home county and two others over farm pollution.

And on the local level, the Pulitzers honored the Salt Lake Tribune for its reporting on the mistreatment of sexual assault victims at Brigham Young University.

"Sweat" by Lynn Nottage, which explores working-class resentment, has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The 19-member Pulitzer board is made up of past winners and other distinguished journalists and academics.

David Fahrenthold who works for the Washington Post investigated Trump's claim to have raised $6 million for veterans.

The New York Times received the prize for worldwide reporting for "Russia's Dark Arts", a series of articles examining the European nation's growing power.

For the Commentary category, Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan wrote a series of columns, which offered readers insight into the changing policial environment during the explosive and discordant national presidential campaign.

The jury cited his work "for showing, through an artful accumulation of fact and detail, that a Marine's postwar descent into violence reflected neither the actions of a simple criminal nor a stereotypical case of PTSD".

The Orlando Sentinel won Pulitzers in 1988 and 2000 for editorial writing and in 1993 for investigative reporting.

Staffers of the Oakland, Calif. newspaper, East Bay Times covered the tragic Ghost Ship fire and secured the Breaking News category prize for their coverage.

A board of editors, publishers, writers and educators voted on 21 categories of journalism, letters, drama, poetry and music. Only the victor in the Public Service category of the Journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.

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