Florida Newspaper Wins Pulitzer For Parkland Coverage

The New York Times reports:

The Sun Sentinel of South Florida won the Pulitzer Prize for public service on Monday for its coverage of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a tragedy that unfolded just miles from the paper’s newsroom.

Reporters spent months documenting the shooting and its aftermath in their community and its affect on the national debate over gun rights. In a harrowing reconstruction, The Sun Sentinel revealed a series of failures by local officials and law enforcement that, the paper wrote, cost children their lives.

In honoring a smaller newspaper, the Pulitzer board recognized the importance of local journalism at a moment when regional papers are struggling to survive. The awards, first handed out in 1917, are presented annually by Columbia University for excellence in journalism and letters.