The Latest Media News Here are the winners of the 2021 Pulitzer PrizesThe Pulitzers, regarded as one of the highest honors in journalism, were announced later than usual this year due to the pandemic. Behind the Pulitzers: A look into the inner workings of journalism’s Super BowlA Pulitzer Prize judge, board member, finalist and winner pull the curtain back on the prestigious award process Coronavirus and race (and not Trump) dominate the 2021 Pulitzer PrizesAfter five years of the news cycle being dominated by the president, Trump-related stories were scarce among Pulitzer finalists and winners. California Sunday Magazine closed last year. It just won a Pulitzer.It was one of more than 75 newsrooms that shut down during the pandemic BuzzFeed News might have won the Pulitzer celebration contest with an empty newsroom. Here’s the best of this year’s commemorations.Journalists and news organizations across the country react to winning journalism’s highest honor BuzzFeed News wins its first Pulitzer Prize for series on China’s mass detention of MuslimsThe investigation identified more than 260 structures built since 2017. 14 local news organizations were recognized with Pulitzer nods this yearSocial justice and policing dominated in a year when COVID-19 decimated local newsrooms The New York Times wins the Public Service Pulitzer for its coronavirus coverageThe Times balanced technical data work with clean visualizations and personal stories to help readers understand the impact of the pandemic. The Star Tribune wins a Breaking News Reporting Pulitzer for its George Floyd coverage‘We recognized very early that this was going to be a huge story and a very painful one for our community,’ The Star Tribune’s editor said. One topic dominated Pulitzer-winning work: policing in AmericaSix entries won for work that covered law enforcement The Atlantic’s Ed Yong on winning a Pulitzer Prize: ‘I wish that the stories I wrote had never been necessary’Yong, more than any other journalist, was ahead of the story of the coronavirus. In fact, he wrote a piece about a pandemic coming to America in 2018. An elderly couple in Spain kissed through plastic film because of COVID-19. An AP photographer just won a Pulitzer for photographing the moment.Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti won the 2021 prize in Feature Photography for his yearlong work in Spain photographing the elderly. Journalists at 11 Alden papers in Southern California vote to unionizeThe new union, SCNG Guild, represents roughly 140 journalists working at the Southern California News Group Pulitzers award Darnella Frazier a special citation for recording the murder of George FloydThe teenager’s video highlighted ‘the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice’ the board said. Virginia columnist earns Pulitzer Prize for columns challenging white supremacyMichael Paul Williams of the Richmond Times-Dispatch won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary following a remarkable year for local journalism An essay about his mustache and much, much more propels The New York Times’ Wesley Morris to the Pulitzer Prize for CriticismIt is the second time Morris has won — he previously won in 2012 while he worked at The Boston Globe What journalism students can learn from this year’s Pulitzer PrizesFrom sentence structure to holding power to account, this year's winners offer a buffet of ideas for students and teachers A podcast about guns, God and Facebook awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Audio Reporting‘No Compromise’ focuses on how three brothers used social media to drastically radicalize the gun debate A freelancer who wrote a Runner’s World essay on Ahmaud Arbery’s killing has won a Pulitzer Prize in Feature WritingThe long read by Mitchell S. Jackson also won a top award by ASME just one day ago. API director Tom Rosenstiel moving to professorship at the University of MarylandRosenstiel was appointed the Eleanor Merrill Visiting Professor on the Future of Journalism. He will begin in the fall. Here’s some of the journalism that won past Pulitzers for covering pandemics and epidemics2020 wasn't the only year dominated by a public health crisis Jeffrey Toobin makes a controversial return to CNNRegardless of the CNN chief legal analyst’s intentions and past history, this feels like something so egregious that it simply can’t be dismissed. Can it be true that half of the pandemic unemployment money was stolen?Plus, the IRS is about to send money to 36 million families, new cases rise for a third day, India will likely see a second wave soon, and more. Today in media history: A look back at the winners of the 2001 Pulitzers20 years ago, journalism's most prestigious award went to stories about a pre-dawn raid, systemic immigration problems, unsafe drugs, and more. How do you pronounce Pulitzer?Some say pull-it-sir. Others say pew-lit-zer. We've got the answer straight from a member of the family. Dr. Anthony Fauci didn’t hold back as he fired back at critics‘I don’t want to be pejorative against a United States senator,’ he said about Sen. Marsha Blackburn, ‘but I have no idea what she’s talking about.’ Facebook acknowledges politicians can harm, but won’t let them be fact-checked Friday’s announcement introduced new enforcement policies for political leaders, but maintained politicians’ exemption from fact-checking When covering COVID-19 leads to death threatsPlus, COVID-19 shots do not magnetize people, jails are now refilling, fake vaccine cars are increasingly a problem, and more. Pulitzer preview: Look for prizes recalling COVID-19’s rise, Donald Trump and George FloydThese three stories dominated American journalism in 2020 and will likely be heavily represented when Pulitzer Prize winners are announced Friday. Anthony Bourdain did not tweet about eating bat soup in WuhanA false image now spreading on social media makes it appear that the late celebrity chef ate such a meal weeks before he died. The Justice Department swears it’s all for a free press. Doesn’t seem that way.It has continued to seize journalists’ records across multiple administrations, to the detriment of the press and the public. Baltimore Sun furloughs gave him time to rethink everything, including his jobSameer Rao left his dream job at the paper for one with more stability, better pay This editor couldn’t afford to stay in journalismMatthew Gerring quit his job as a software engineer to pursue journalism. Four years later, he decided to go back. When CNN eliminated her job, she was devastated. Now she’s on a new path.Elisa Berkowitz Gill was able to save her team’s jobs, but not her own. WhatsApp can be a black box of misinformation, but Maldita may have opened a windowIts chatbot allows fact-checkers to organize audience-submitted claims into a searchable database Is there anything wrong with ProPublica’s story about the taxes of the rich?ProPublica shows, in detail, why we should at least examine how taxes work for the rich. And that gives its investigation journalistic value. Some journalism conventions plan to meet in person this yearPlus, some states will end unemployment benefits this week, employers find ways to attract workers in the longer term, and more. The pandemic devastated newsrooms. Now they’re seeking help from Congress.Journalism advocates say they are optimistic that Congress will finally step in this session to support the struggling industry The coronavirus has closed more than 70 local newsrooms across America. And counting.At first, the pandemic cost newsrooms jobs and communities critical work. Now it’s starting to end entire newsrooms. Newspaper public notice ads are under attack. Can a modernized process protect them?Column, a digital startup, aims to improve the placement process for public notices, which remain a reliable revenue stream for newspapers. The heated and passionate reaction to Sen. Joe Manchin’s controversial politicsThe West Virginia Democrat said he would vote against a sweeping voting rights bill and that he is against getting rid of the filibuster. Here are the newsroom layoffs, furloughs and closures that happened during the coronavirus pandemicWe're still updating this list Teach students to get beyond the basic Google searchTo add value to their reporting, journalism students should get familiar with databases like Nexis What you should know about ransomware attacks, which are increasing nationally and locallyPlus, two ransomware-related phrases to learn, who covers cybercrime, and the FDA approved an Alzheimer's drug despite controversy. Central America’s prevailing conditions and how they drive people to the USCrisis conditions caused by wars, displacement, scarcity and a legacy of corporate colonialism have hampered daily life to a point of desperation. The Atlantic voluntarily recognizes new union representing editorial staffWorkers at The Atlantic went public with their union drive roughly one year after the magazine laid off 68 employees, or 17% of its staff Why hasn’t President Joe Biden given more than one real press conference?He often gives short answers to reporters, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki is available most days, but can’t we get more of the president? A federal judge’s overturning of a state’s assault weapon ban could have major implicationsPlus, tobacco companies were involved in COVID-19 cigarette research, why the CDC is alarmed about unvaccinated teens, and more. The riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was not a ‘completely peaceful protest’A June 1 headline on the blog Gateway Pundit severely downplays what happened when rioters forcibly breached and vandalized the Capitol. 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