Each year, the Pulitzer Prizes recognize excellence in journalism, literature, and music. The 2016 winners were announced this week. Many winners told stories that raised awareness about important issues. For example, the New York Times and Reuters shared the breaking news photography award for their striking photos of the refugee crisis. In the national reporting category, the Washington Post won for its collection of data about police shootings across the nation. The Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune shared the investigating reporting award. Their work helped expose the poor treatment of patients in Florida’s mental health system. The prize for public service went to the Associated Press. Its stories about people forced to catch fish for stores and restaurants helped to free 2,000 slaves and cause reforms.