The Trump era, unfortunately, brought us the moniker of “fake news.” But in the best traditions of the business, we’ve also seen some of the most extraordinary reporting in years. Journalists have brought daylight to the often dark corners of the Trump administration. And now, some of the major papers are hiring, subscriptions are up and investigative reporting is flourishing like it did fifty years ago during Watergate. The journalism took note to honor and award daring reporters for their exemplary work in the field. Pulitzer Prizes were handed out Monday.
What stands out is it’s clear the Pulitzer Prize Board does not grade on a curve.
Good journalism is good journalism regardless of the size of the newsroom or annual budget or circulation. Winners included some of the big guys, such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. But the winners also included the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Advocate of Baton Rouge and The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, which won a special citation for its heroic ability to continue publishing after a shooter entered the newsroom and killed five of its staffers.
The biggest winner was South Florida’s Sun Sentinel. The newspaper received the public service Pulitzer. The paper’s editorial page editor Rosemary O’Hara wrote:
Proud to be part of @SunSentinel team that today won #Pulitzerfor public service. It’s been a tough year telling the story of what went wrong in Parkland. Holding people accountable doesn’t make
youfriends. But in honor of 17 lost lives, I hope our coverage makes a difference.
Many of the winners received awards for coverage relating to Trump. David Barstow, Susanne Craig, Russ Buettner of the New York Times won the Best Explanatory Reporting award for their story on Trump’s questionable tax schemes.
Reporters from The Wall Street Journal were also honored for covering Michael Cohen’s hush payments to Stormy Daniels.
And Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post walked away with a Pulitzer for best Criticism for his “insights about Trump and the cultural milieu he has fostered.” Another winner from The Post was Darrin Bell, a freelance cartoonist who won for his editorial cartoons about Trump.
Other honorees include Aretha Franklin, Hannah Dreier from ProPublica, Brent Staples of the New York Times, the staffs of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Advocate from Baton Rouge. You can see the full results here.