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LA Times Photojournalist Receives Frank McCulloch Award for Courage in Journalism

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Barbara Davidson can add a new award to her trophy room. The LA Times staffer was just awarded the Frank McCulloch Award for Courage in Journalism by the University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism.

“[W]inning any award for work that is this important to our society is a wonderful honor,” says Davidson. “Awards like this draw more attention to the issue of gang violence in our country, and that was always my goal. Anytime the work is recognized or acknowledged, it brings more awareness of the work and the issue. And, the better we will all be for it.”

Davidson won the Pulitzer last year for her photo essay “Caught in the Crossfire” about life in South LA, Watts and Compton.

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LA Times Photographer Shares Pulitzer Prize Winning Secrets

Over the weekend, Poynter.org published an email interview conducted by Kenneth Irby with Barbara Davidson, the LA Times photographer whose gaggle of prizes for a gang violence series culminated with a 2011 Pulitzer Prize.

Davidson reveals that she attended more funerals in one year in connection with the reporting project than during her entire previous 18 years of journalism, and that she sometimes chose not to snap pictures because it would have been either too invasive or interrupted a conversation. The last part is key, as it relates to the uncommon level of intimacy achieved by Davidson:

“This project is as intimate as it is because of the time I spent getting to know the families. I remember saying to the families, ‘You are going to see me over and over and over again and you won’t see other media representatives coming back to listen to your story.’ And, that is indeed what happened, so they trusted me. They could see how much the issue meant to me and they liked that. They respected what I was doing and they felt people would listen to their stories through me.”

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New York Times, Wall Street Journal Win Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism

The Pulitzer Prize winners in journalism were announced today, and despite the crashing Pulitzer website, FishbowlNY managed to secure the entire list!

Among New York newspapers, the New York Times won in two categories, “Commentary,” and “International Reporting,” with Clifford J. Levy winning his second Pulitzer. The Wall Street Journal won for “Editorial Writing.”

Another highlight is that for the first time in history, ProPublica was awarded a Pulitzer for a group of stories that never appeared in print.

More commentary is sure to follow, but for now, here is the complete list of winners in journalism:

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Bell City Scandal Coverage Earns LA Times a Pulitzer

Over the past few months, the spring 2010 LA Times series of articles on corruption among the ranks of Bell city administrators has continued to land prestigious awards. Today, it added the biggest of them all – a Pulitzer.

The series has earned the 2011 journalism prize for “Public Service.” Another LA Times staffer, photographer Barbara Davidson, was separately honored, following up her recent POYi citation with the Pulitzer for “Feature Photography” in recognition of her work in support of three-part gang violence report “Caught in the Crossfire.”

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LA Times Photographers Score POYi Prizes

The folks at the annual photographer awards derby Pictures of the Year International (POYi), sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism, are in the midst of a three-week cavalcade of honors. But only a few of the competition’s prizes are ranked as “premiere” awards.

Winners in the first two such awards categories for 2010 were announced Friday. LA Times photographer Michael Robinson Chavez scored second place in the “Photographer of the Year – Newspaper” bracket (behind The New York TimesDamon Winter), while colleague Barbara Davidson has been deemed winner of the Community Awareness Award for her work on the three-part LA Times series “Caught in the Crossfire.” Here’s a sample of her 40 submitted pictures, which she separately titled “Stray Bullets”:

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