The awards went to Associated Press reporters for reporting on slave fishermen, online outlet The Marshall Project’s investigation of a botched rape case, and the musical “Hamilton,” among others.

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The Associated Press won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for a series that exposed slavery and vicious abuse in the Southeast Asia fishing trade, leading to the release of 2,000 captives and broad reforms in an industry that is a major supplier of seafood to the United States.

The Pulitzers are in their centennial year, and the winners announced by Columbia University reflected in part the changes sweeping the media landscape.

Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project, an online outlet founded 17 months ago, and T. Christian Miller of ProPublica, another digital news organization, won the explanatory reporting prize for a harrowing account of a botched rape investigation. Armstrong won a Pulitzer in 2012 for a Seattle Times series exposing Washington state’s financially motivated practice of routinely prescribing a deadly pain drug for people in state-subsidized health care.

One year after magazines became eligible in some Pulitzer categories, The New Yorker received two prizes: for Emily Nussbaum’s television criticism, and for “The Really Big One,” Kathryn Schulz’s ominous article about the potential for a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest, which won for feature writing.

William Finnegan, a New Yorker staff writer, won the biography award for his memoir, “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life.”

In an honor widely predicted, the musical “Hamilton,” a hip-hop retelling of the Founding Fathers story, received the prize for drama. The musical’s creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, reacted joyfully on Twitter, writing: “PULITZER?!”

Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times won the prize for international reporting, for an examination of the abuse and injustice faced by women in Afghanistan. The Times, which had 10 Pulitzer finalists, also won for breaking-news photography, sharing the award with Thomson Reuters for a searing collection of images of migrants seeking asylum in Europe.

Two other newspapers won two prizes apiece. Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe won the commentary prize for her columns examining the legacy of busing and segregation in Boston, and a photographer for The Globe, Jessica Rinaldi, captured the feature photography award for chronicling a young boy’s struggle after a history of abuse.

The Tampa Bay Times won a prize for local reporting for its look at the stunning failure rates among black students in a Florida county that abandoned racial integration in its school system. It also shared the investigative-reporting prize with The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, for expos on abuse and neglect in Florida mental hospitals.

The Washington Post won the national-reporting prize for a data- and graphic-heavy project chronicling the death of every American killed by a police officer in 2015, revealing insights into police violence at a time when the subject has been at the core of the national debate.

The award for fiction went to Viet Thanh Nguyen for his debut novel, “The Sympathizer,” set in 1975 in Saigon and centering on a Communist sympathizer who escapes to Los Angeles and spies on a South Vietnamese group he has infiltrated.

In nonfiction, the prize went to “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” by Joby Warrick, a reporter for The Washington Post. In his book, which was published by Doubleday, Warrick explores the recent rise of the Islamic State group, in part through a detailed portrait of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the group’s founder, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2006.

Here is the full list of winners:

Public Service: The Associated Press

Breaking News Reporting: The Los Angeles Times

Investigative Reporting: Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of The Tampa Bay Times, and Michael Braga of The Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Explanatory Reporting: T. Christian Miller of ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project

Local Reporting: Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner of The Tampa Bay Times

National Reporting: The Washington Post

International Reporting: Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times

Feature Writing: Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker

Commentary: Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe

Criticism: Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker

Editorial Writing: John Hackworth of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, Fla.

Editorial Cartooning: Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee

Breaking News Photography: Tyler Hicks, Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev and Daniel Etter of The New York Times

Photography: Staff of Thomson Reuters

Feature Photography: Jessica Rinaldi of The Boston Globe

Fiction: “The Sympathizer,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Drama: “Hamilton,” book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

History: “Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America,” by T.J. Stiles

Biography: “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life,” by William Finnegan

Poetry: Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian

General Nonfiction: “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” by Joby Warrick

Music: “In for a Penny, In for a Pound,” by Henry Threadgill.