The 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this week. There are multiple pieces in each of the categories — find everything here — plus all the excellent work that was nominated but didn't win. We've boiled it all down a reading list to get you started.
Pulitzer recognized the Denver Post for its breaking news coverage of the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater in July. Here are the first versions of the story that appeared, though some of the best reporting came in the days to follow as the Post shared the stories of the victims, including a 6-year-old "blond-haired, blue-eyed little girl, who was bragging five days ago about learning how to swim."
The New York Times won for much of its reporting on Apple, from foreign working conditions to the app market. This piece on the conditions for the people who build our gadgets is particularly striking: "In China, the Human Costs That Are Built Into an iPad."
The Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. won the public service category for its series on an epidemic of police officers speeding. The whole series is stunning, but particularly so when the reporters show the damage the behavior has done, including a college student who was severely brain-damaged when a police officer plowed into his car going 104 miles per hour.
From a startup you've probably never heard of comes the series "The Dilbit Disaster: Inside The Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of." Find that here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. The site, InsideClimate News. won for national reporting.
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