Darnella Frazier, an 18-year-old who filmed the arrest and murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May 2020, was awarded the Pulitzer Special Prize, the most prestigious journalism award in the United States, on Friday.
The Pulitzer jury recognized the person who ran an errand that day and was in front of the stage for “bravely recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that sparked protests against police brutality around the world.” .
This “underscores the crucial role that citizens play in journalists’ search for truth and justice,” the jury continued.
“I didn’t know this man (…), but I knew that his life counted,” wrote Darnella Frazier on her Facebook page on the occasion of the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death on May 25th.
“It changed me,” she continued. “It changed my outlook on life. I realized how dangerous it is to be black in America.”
Last Minute (Breaking News) was won by the editorial staff of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a local newspaper in the city where George Floyd was murdered on May 25, for its “urgent, benchmark coverage.” “.
Reuters won the Explanatory Journalism category for a multimedia project called Shielded, which shows how half a century old law protects American police officers from prosecution or conviction for many mistakes.
In local journalism, two reporters from the Tampa Bay Times were honored for a series of articles about the practices of the Pasco County sheriff in Florida who abused his power by harassing people he said could “break the law.”
The coronavirus pandemic, another major topic of 2020, has won the New York Times Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and The Atlantic magazine reporter Ed Young for explanatory journalism.
In particular, the presidential campaign, the elections, the transition and the events of January 6th are not among the topics assigned.