USA TODAY Network projects honored with awards

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, 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.

The Pulitzer Prizes are annual awards distributed to journalists, dramatists, authors and others.

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.

Other winners announced Friday included journalists producing work for the New York Times, the Associated Press, National Public Radio and Runner’s World.

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