Brent Staples, of the New York Times, who won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, reacts as The Times' staffers and others in the Times' newsroom applaud him Monday, April 15, 2019, in New York. (The New York Times via AP)
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The South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday and were recognized along with the Capital Gazette of Maryland for their coverage of the horrifying mass shootings in 2018 at a high school, a synagogue and a newsroom itself.The Florida paper received the Pulitzer in public service for its coverage of the massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and for detailing the shortcomings in school discipline and security that contributed to the carnage.The Post-Gazette was honored in the breaking news category for its reporting on the synagogue rampage that left 11 people dead. So, too, at the Capital Gazette, which was given a special citation for its coverage and courage in the face of a massacre in its own newsroom. The Pulitzer board also gave the paper an extraordinary $100,000 grant to further its journalism.The Pulitzers, U.S. journalism's highest honor, reflected a year when journalism also came under attack in other ways.ProPublica won the feature reporting award for coverage of Salvadoran immigrants affected by a federal crackdown on the MS-13 gang.The New York Times' Brent Staples received the editorial writing award.
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