The Internet is going gaga over Pulitzer Prize, but what is it all about? It is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. This year, the Pulitzer prizes recognize the best journalism of 2017 in newspapers, magazines and websites. The awards were announced on Monday at Columbia University, New York. And you won’t believe it that there are two Indians Danish Siddiqui and Adnan Abidi, who won Pulitzers for photographing the Rohingya crisis. Danish and Adnan were part of the Reuters team. Also Read - Kendrick Lamer Wins Pulitzer Prize For His Album 'DAMN', Brings Pop to Pulitzer After 60 Years
The Pulitzer Prize does not automatically consider all applicable works in the media, but only those that have specifically entered. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism and commentary. In the arts, prizes were awarded in seven categories, including fiction, drama and music. Also Read - White House says Trump paid USD 38m in taxes, made USD 150m in '05
Here we bring you the complete list of Pulitzer prizes that were awarded this year:
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The New York Times and The Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for illuminating the ongoing investigation into possible contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.
A string of stories in the two newspapers shined a light on connections between Russian officials and Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign. The ties fueled Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe into alleged Russian attempts to influence the presidential election.
The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, California, won the breaking news award for coverage of the wildfires that swept through California’s wine country last fall.
New York Times and The New Yorker
The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their reporting on Harvey Weinstein and sexual misconduct that galvanized the #MeToo movement.
An Alabama columnist and the Washington Post won a Pulitzer for stories uncovering the past of Republican Roy Moore during Alabama’s U.S. Senate campaign last year.
John Archibald of the Alabama Media Group was awarded journalism’s highest honor for commentary on Monday.
Mr. Archibald was recognized for his “lyrical and courageous commentary” and the Washington Post won for investigative reporting for stories revealing allegations that Mr. Moore pursued teenage girls sexually decades ago while he was in his 30s in Gadsden.
A photographer in Charlottesville, Virginia, won a Pulitzer for capturing the moment a car struck several people protesting against a white nationalist rally.
Ryan Kelly captured the photo on his last day of work for The Daily Progress last August.
One woman, Heather Heyer, died and 19 people were injured.
Pulitzer Prize Administrator Dana Canedy said during Monday’s announcement that Mr. Kelly captured a “chilling image that reflected the photographer’s reflexes and concentration.”
A Cincinnati newspaper’s weeklong examination of the many ways the heroin crisis is impacting its community won the Pulitzer for local reporting.
The Enquirer won for “Seven Days of Heroin,” which combined more than 60 journalists to tell stories through the eyes of families, first responders, courtroom officials and other viewpoints.
Reuters won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for international reporting and photography. It was the first time Reuters has won two prizes in one year.
The Arizona Republic and the USA Today Network took the explanatory reporting prize for their reporting on U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.
Feature, criticism, editorial
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, a freelance reporter at GQ magazine was awarded the Pulitzer for feature writing; Jerry Saltz of New York magazine won for criticism; Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register won for editorial writing.
Fiction, editorial cartooning
Andrew Sean Greer’s “Less” has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Greer’s novel tells the comic story of a middle-aged novelist.
Editorial cartooning prize went to Jake Halpern, freelance writer, and Michael Sloan, freelance cartoonist, The New York Times
Drama, biography, non-fiction, history, poetry
The drama prize went to Martyna Majok for “Cost of Living,” Carolyn Fraser’s work on author Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Prairie Fires,” won for biography.
James Forman Jr’s “Locking Up Our Own- Crime and Punishment in Black America” won for general non-fiction, and Jack E. Davis’ The Gulf” for history.
Frank Bidart’s “Half-Light” was the poetry winner.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn.” won the Pulitzer Prize for music. It was the first non-classical or jazz work to win the award.
The Pulitzer board on Monday called the album a work that captures the complexity of African-American life.
Lamar was praised and lauded for his deep lyrical content, remarkable live performances, and his profound mix of hip-hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, poetry and African sounds.
The Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a U.S. $15,000 cash award.