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Sun Sentinel Wins Public Service Pulitzer for Parkland Shooting Coverage

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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.

This is the second time that The Sun Sentinel has received the public service award, considered the most prestigious of the Pulitzers. The paper, based in Deerfield Beach, Fla., north of Fort Lauderdale, won the category in 2013 for its investigation of the speeding habits of local police officers, who were later disciplined.

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.

The New York Times received the explanatory reporting prize for a forensic review of President Trump’s family finances, which uncovered a series of dubious schemes — including instances of outright fraud — that allowed the future president and his relatives to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes. The investigation, by the Times journalists David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner, drew on tens of thousands of pages of confidential records and lasted 18 months.

Mr. Trump’s financial irregularities were the focus of a prizewinning report by The Wall Street Journal, which revealed how the president’s lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, arranged hush-money payments to the adult film actress Stormy Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 election. The Journal’s reporting won the award for national reporting.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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