Pulitzer Prizes awarded to local newsrooms that grappled with mass shootings

After a year that included yet another string of horrific mass shootings, the Pulitzer Prize board paid homage to the journalistic response to the tragedies on Monday.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel claimed the Pulitzer for Public Service for its reporting on the “failings by school and law enforcement officials before and after” the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, while the staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won the award for breaking news reporting for its “immersive, compassionate coverage of the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue that captured the anguish and resilience of a community thrust into grief.”

In addition, the Pulitzer board paid homage to the staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, with a “special citation” to honor the paper for its “courageous response to the largest killing of journalists in U.S. history in their newsroom on June 28, 2018, and for demonstrating unflagging commitment to covering the news and serving their community at a time of unspeakable grief.”

As part of the citation, the board will extend a $100,000 bequest to the Capital Gazette to advance its journalistic mission.