Reading over the list of 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners makes clear just how essential journalism's watchdog role is to public health. In 2015, news organizations devoted considerable resources to researching, reporting, and commenting on slave labor in international seafood supply chains; funding cuts resulting in dangerous conditions in Florida mental hospitals; and failures in justice systems across the country.
The list of Pulitzer Prize winners released earlier this week includes several journalists who addressed public-health issues, from black lung to food stamps.
A few recent pieces worth a look
A News & Observer series on employers who break workers' compensation laws spurs a promise of action from North Carolina's governor; safety initiatives address hazards in Northeast fisheries; and seven former General Motors workers sew their mouths shut as part of a hunger strike over the company's treatment of workers.
Stacey Singer of The Palm Beach Post used Florida's sunshine law to request info on the state's extensive tuberculosis outbreak, which hadn't been explained to the public.
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