The South Florida Sun Sentinel won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the biggest and most important of journalism's awards, for its coverage of the mass shooting at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The committee cited a series of stories, perhaps the best of which was "Unprepared and Overwhelmed," a recreation of the shooting in video, sound clips, and graphics that stunningly told the story of the victims' deaths — and the authorities' lack of preparation for the shooting.
Another part of the package described a judge's scolding of the newspaper for printing information about shooter Nikolas Cruz and warnings that authorities had about him.
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The Pulitzer jury included two South Floridians, Casey Frank, investigations editor at the Miami Herald, and Mike Wilson, a longtime Herald staffer who now works at the Dallas Morning News. The panel also included New Yorker editor David Remnick.
The prize is the second big Pulitzer in just a few years at the newspaper. In 2013, the newspaper won in Public Service for a series on speeding police officers.
There was a time when the Sentinel stood in the Miami Herald's shadow, but with this Pulitzer, and following the last one, it has truly come into its own as a local journalistic powerhouse.