Local newspaper wins Pulitzer for reporting newsroom attack

A local US newspaper won a special Pulitzer for its “courageous response” by bringing out the edition hours after a gunman killed five of its employees in its newsroom.

Staff of the Annapolis newspaper Capital Gazette held a meeting on Monday to remember their slain colleagues.

Gazette editor Rick Hutzell said this was an occasion to remember and reflect and not to celebrate. No one wants to win an award for something related to killings of five former colleagues in a newsroom attack, he added.

The day after the attack, the newspaper left its opinion page blank to pay tribute to the dead.

The gunman had grudge against the Gazette after losing a defamation suit.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel won a Pulitzer for exposing the lapses of authorities before and after a mass shooting last year at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen staff and students were killed in the attack.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won a breaking news reporting award for its coverage of a shooting in October at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, in which 11 people lost their lives.

The New York Times was honoured for its explanatory reporting on President Donald Trump’s finances and tax avoidance.

The Wall Street Journal won the national reporting prize for exposing Trump’s hush payments to two women, who claimed to have had affairs with him, during his campaign.

Reuters won an international reporting award for revealing the massacre of Muslim Rohingya men by Buddhist villagers by security forces in Myanmar.

The Associated Press was honoured for documenting atrocities and sufferings in Yemen’s civil war.

The Pulitzers were established in 1917 by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer.