The Cincinnati Enquirer’s weeklong examination of the many ways the heroin crisis is impacting its community has won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.
Cheers, hugs and champagne toasts swept the newsroom Monday after the announcements of journalism’s most prestigious prizes at Columbia University in New York.
The Enquirer won for “Seven Days of Heroin,” which combined more than 60 journalists to tell stories through the eyes of families, first responders, courtroom officials and other viewpoints.
Executive Editor Beryl Love calls the ambitious project “a huge accomplishment” that thoroughly explained heroin’s impact and showed “this is why journalism matters.” He succeeded Peter Bhatia as editor in January.
Several of the Enquirer staff members attended the 2018 KPA Winter Convention to do a session on how the series came together. Here’s the description of that session and a link they provided to the series.
“The Cincinnati Enquirer sent more than 60 reporters, photographers and videographers into Greater Cincinnati to chronicle an ordinary week of an extraordinary time. Key members of the team that produced the powerful multimedia package, “Seven Days of Heroin: This is What an Epidemic Looks Like” will discuss the lessons they learned from how to organize a complicated package, tell stories cinematically and mine data resources to ethical considerations on a sensitive topic.”]
You can see the highlights of the series in the link provided and also read the column by editor Peter Bhatia on why the Enquirer undertook this seven-day project.