Journalism’s top honors awarded amid attacks on the press

The South Florida Sun Sentinel along with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday along with were recognized along with the Capital Gazette of Maryland for their coverage of three horrifying mass shootings in 2018 at a high school, a synagogue along which has a newsroom itself.

The Associated Press won inside the international reporting category for documenting the humanitarian horrors of Yemen’s civil war, while The brand new York Times along with The Wall Street Journal were honored for delving into President Donald Trump’s finances along with breaking open the hush-money scandals involving two women who said they had affairs with him.

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 along with for detailing the shortcomings in school discipline along with security which contributed to the carnage.

The Post-Gazette received the prize inside the breaking news category for its reporting on the synagogue rampage which left 11 people dead. The man awaiting trial inside the attack railed against Jews before, during along with after the massacre, authorities said.

After the Pulitzer announcement, the newsroom in Pittsburgh observed a moment of silence for the victims. At the Sun Sentinel, too, the staff took inside the award in a sober spirit.

“We’re mindful of what which can be which we won for,” Editor-in-Chief Julie Anderson said. “There are still families grieving, so which’s not joy, which’s almost … I don’t know how to describe which. We’re emotional, as well.”

So, too, at the Capital Gazette, which was given a special citation for its coverage along with courage inside 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.

“Clearly, there were a lot of mixed feelings,” said Rick Hutzell, editor of Capital Gazette Communications. “No one wants to win an award for something which kills several of your friends.”

The Annapolis-based newspaper published on schedule, with some help via The Baltimore Sun, the day after several staffers were shot along with killed in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history. The man charged had a longstanding grudge against the paper.

The Pulitzers, U.S. journalism’s highest honor, reflected a year when journalism also came under attack in additional ways.

Reuters won an international reporting award for work which cost two of its staffers their liberty: coverage of a brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims by security forces in Myanmar.

Reporters Wa Lone along with Kyaw Soe Oo are serving a seven-year sentence after being convicted of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act. Their supporters say the two were framed in retaliation for their reporting.

Reuters also won the breaking news photography award for images of Central along with South American migrants heading to the U.S.