ProPublica, ICIJ among Pulitzer-Prize winners

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Nonprofit news outlets ProPublica and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists are winners in the 2017 Pulitzer Prize awards announced Monday.

ProPublica, alongside the New York Daily News, won the Pulitzer in the Public Service category for coverage led by reporter Sarah Ryley that uncovered widespread abuse of eviction rules by the New York Police Department. The NYPD’s use of a “nuisance abatement” law, part of a long-criticized broken-windows policy, ousted hundreds of people and targeted mostly minority communities. In a series of tweets, ProPublica explained that the NYPD targeted residents and immigrant-owned shops and made warrantless searches a condition for reopening.  

ICIJ won the explanatory reporting category for the Panama Papers, a project involving hundreds of reporters around the world that has racked up several awards already. Sifting through 11.5 million financial and legal records, ICIJ produced “a series of stories using a collaboration of more than 300 reporters on six continents to expose the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens,” the awards’ citation says. The organization will receive $15,000.

The Pulitzer board moved ICIJ’s entry from the International Reporting category, where it was a finalist for the same project.


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