American gun violence dominates Pulitzer announcements

Prizes awarded for coverage of three mass shootings

"THE FIRST PIECE OF JOURNALISM that Dana Canedy, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, mentioned during Monday afternoon’s announcement of the 2019 prizes was one that did not win: a series of obituaries, by the staff of The Eagle Eye student newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School," according to the Columbia Journalism Review:

“These budding journalists remind us of the media’s unwavering commitment to bearing witness, even in the most wrenching of circumstances.” -Dana Canedy

"The award for public service, the Pulitzer’s top honor, went to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, for its coverage of failures by police and school officials after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting," according to CJR.

"The next award, for breaking news, went to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for its coverage in the wake of a shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue."

A special award to the Capital Gazette, “for demonstrating unflagging commitment to covering the news and serving their community at a time of unspeakable grief,” in the words of the citation, made for a total of three Pulitzers on the subject of mass shootings.

The Poynter Institute also reported on the awards:

View the complete list of winners at

Photo at top: Memorials to victims outside the Tree of Life synagogue, via Wikipedia.


Jim MacMillan
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