Three journalists at the New York Times and New Yorker Magazine, whose reporting on Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sparked the #MeToo movement, were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Monday.
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of the Times and the New Yorker's Ronan Farrow shared the honor for “explosive, impactful journalism,” the organization said in a statement.
The distinction puts their reporting in the same league as the Washington Post’s coverage of Watergate in the 1970s, which led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation, and the Boston Globe’s investigation into the Roman Catholic Church in 2003, said Roy J. Harris, author of the book “Pulitzer’s Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism”.
He's come to have a knack for predicting the winners almost every year.
“If you’re reading carefully what’s going on, you can take a pretty good guess at certain stories that stand head and shoulders above the others as being momentum-shifting stories,” he said in an interview with Cheddar Monday.
Going forward, Harris predicts that the Pulitzer will be awarded to more joint efforts between journalists at various print and digital outlets.
“That kind of work, split between publications and collaborations, is really something we’ll be seeing more and more of in the future.”
The award-winning reporting in the New York Times and the New Yorker broke within just days of each other, detailing how the now-disgraced Weinstein abused actresses, including Rose McGowan, Selma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, and Uma Thurman, and used his power in the industry to keep them silent.
Among this year's other winner's, the Washington Post was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism for its reporting on the Alabama Senate race, which ultimately destroyed Republican Roy Moore’s chances at winning. The New York Times and the Post also won awards for their coverage of the ongoing investigation into whether President Trump’s campaign team colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
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