April 13, 2010

USA: Pulitzer Prize for 2009 News Report in NYT on Elderly Patients

. LONDON, England / The Guardian / Comment is free / April 13, 2010 By Dan Kennedy While traditional newspapers dominated the Pulitzers, non-profit journalism is having a far deeper effect than many realise, comments Dan Kennedy. He notes that an article published in the New York Times Magazine last August on the suspicious deaths of elderly patients at a New Orleans nursing home following Hurricane Katrina was the recipient of a Pulitzer prize, American journalism's most prestigious award. The story, a riveting account of the life-and-death decisions made by healthcare workers at a facility cut off and under siege, was one of the few pieces of journalism published in 2009 that I remember all these months later. And it was written by Sheri Fink of ProPublica. DR. BRYANT KING AUG. 9, 2009 At his home in Indianapolis. He was angered by the way patients and other citizens were treated by the hospital. Photo: Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum, for The New York Times For good measure, a series on the oversight of nursing care in California that was published by the Los Angeles Times was a finalist for a Pulitzer in public service. It, too, was the work of ProPublica journalists. [rc] © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010 For complete article by Dan Kennedy, click here