April 18, 2016 - CSE Talent client Wesley Lowery and The Washington Post staff today received a 2016 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting for “Fatal Force”, a project that detailed the number of deadly police shootings throughout the country in 2015.
The Pulitzer Prize, celebrating its 100th year, is newspaper journalism’s highest honor.
Per Pulitzer.org, The Washington Post showed “revelatory initiative in creating and using a national database to illustrate how often and why the police shoot to kill and who the victims are most likely to be.”
Lowery, who spent much of 2014 covering incidents involving the killing of civilians by police officers, submitted a proposal to editors at The Post to build a database of fatalities involving law enforcement officials that would allow for the tracking and analyzing of related data. From research gathered by reporters, editors, researchers, photographers and graphic artists at The Post, the group discovered and detailed more than 990 fatal police shootings across the nation in 2015.
Lowery’s idea sparked a project that was described by Cameron Barr, The Post’s managing editor, as “one of the largest in the newsroom’s history.”
For more information on “Fatal Force” and The Washington Post’s coverage of The Pulitzer Prize winning group, click here.
Named for publisher Joseph Pulitzer, The Pulitzer Prizes have honored excellence in journalism and the arts since 1917. For more information on The Pulitzer Prizes, visit www.pulitzer.org.