Coverage of mass shootings wins multiple 2018 Pulitzer Prizes


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By Claire Atkinson

Coverage of gun violence in 2018 and President Donald Trump’s personal and business life won multiple Pulitzer Prizes on Monday.

The public service award, considered the most prestigious of the 14 Pulitzers given for journalism, went to The South Florida Sun Sentinel for its coverage of the circumstances of and fallout from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The staff of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won the award for breaking news reporting for “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,” the Pulitzer board, based at Columbia University in New York, wrote on its website.

The Pulitzer Board also issued a special citation to The Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Maryland, for its coverage of the shooting that took the lives of five of the newspaper’s journalists, and awarded the paper $100,000 “to further the newspaper’s journalistic mission.”

At the Pulitzer announcement, the prize administrator, Dana Canedy, also recognized the work of The Eagle Eye, the student newspaper of Stoneman Douglas High School, for the publication of obituaries of their classmates.

“We took their submission very seriously. If you do something you’re proud of at your school, submit it,” Canedy said.

Two major stories involving the president were recognized by the Pulitzer committee. David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times were awarded the prize for explanatory reporting for their investigation into Trump’s history of tax-avoidance schemes, showing that much of his financial foundation was inherited from his father.

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