Tuesday, April 17, 2007

2007 Pulitzer Winners for Journalism

Today, the winners of 2007 Pulitzer Prize was announced in the Metro section of the New York Times. Oded Balilty of The Associated Press won the prize for Breaking New Photography for his "powerful photo of a lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces as they remove illegal settlers in the West Bank," said the judges.

This photo is especially amazing because it makes a person wonder what happened the milisecond after the photo was snapped. Was the woman pummeled by the force of the soldiers trying to rush past her? You can see, in the background, people standing around, watching and waiting. Why just her?

Another winner worth noting is Andrea Elliott from the New York Times. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her features on a series of articles on Sheik Reda Shata, an imam from Egypt who is working in a mosque in Brooklyn. Congratulations to her!

If you look a couple entries down, you would see that I had a post about an African-American imam who went to Long Island to speak to a mosque that had Muslims that were South-east Asians and Arabs immigrants. It was about how these different races are of the same faith and they are trying to find ways to connect and strengthen the Muslim faith in America, especially during these times of prejudice and fear.

Elliott is an extremely compelling writer, very informative in her reporting- and judging from her page on the New York Times website, she really deserves this award for her hard work and her dedication to her subject. I'm really happy for her.

Link for the 2007 Pulitzer winners: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/16/business/media/16pulitzers.html
Link for Elliott's coverage of Muslims in America: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/national/series/muslimsinamerica/index.html


Slonik said...

this is somewhat relevant... David Halberstam died in a car accident today

Charmed said...

hey commie, thanks for telling me about that. I found this article at Slate that gave a different type of obituary to Halberstam.