Darnella Frazier, the teenager who recorded George Floyd’s murder, was honored with a Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board on Friday, illustrating the sweeping role citizens can play in journalism through social media.
Publications in Gannett’s USA TODAY Network also won a Pulitzer Prize award for journalism on Friday and were named finalists in two additional categories.
The board that oversees the annual awards named The Indianapolis Star, also known as IndyStar, as a co-winner of the Pulitzer for National Reporting alongside the Chicago-based Invisible Institute, AL.com and the Marshall Project. They shared the prize for a collaborative investigation into the damage done by police dogs on Americans.
The Louisville Courier-Journal, also part of the USA TODAY Network, was named as a finalist in two categories: Public Service and Breaking News.
It marks the second straight year in which the Courier-Journal has been honored by the Pulitzer board. In 2020, the publication won the Breaking News award for reporting on last-minute gubernatorial pardons in Kentucky.
“I could not be more proud or happy for this recognition and for the Courier-Journal,” said Maribel Perez Wadsworth, president of the USA TODAY Network. “Our journalists rose to meet every challenge 2020 brought to the communities we serve. They were relentless in pursuing truth and accountability. I am incredibly humbled to work with such talented, passionate, difference-making journalists.”
Other winners announced Friday included journalists producing work for The New York Times, The Associated Press, National Public Radio and Runner’s World.
Katrice Hardy, executive editor of The Indianapolis Star, said she was “absolutely stunned,” adding that she was reminded of the compelling work her staff did in collaboration with the other publications that were honored.
“I think it says a lot about why we matter,” she said. “We have creatively figured out ways to aggressively go after the news that impacts our communities the most. I hope people see why they can’t do without us.”
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