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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Pulitzer for newspaper where five shot dead

 

Staff members, former staff, and friends of the Capital Gazette pose for a photo at the newsroom in Annapolis. Photo: Josh Davisburg/The Baltimore Sun
Staff members, former staff, and friends of the Capital Gazette pose for a photo at the newsroom in Annapolis. Photo: Josh Davisburg/The Baltimore Sun

Colin Drury

A local newspaper in the US has been awarded a prestigious Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a mass shooting in its own newsroom.

The 'Capital Gazette', based in the city of Annapolis, Maryland, won a special citation for the courage of its staff in reporting the massacre in which five colleagues were killed.

The paper published on schedule the day after the atrocity - believed to be the worst mass attack on journalists in US history.

Employees John McNamara, Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman and Rob Hiaasen all died during the incident last June.

A reader said to have had a long-standing grudge against the paper has been charged with five counts of murder. Jarrod Ramos will stand trial in November.

Speaking shortly after the $100,000 prize was announced, surviving staff said the recognition was "bittersweet". Reporter Chase Cook said: "Since it's so connected to something so tragic, there was no euphoric pop-off of excitement."

Editor Rick Hutzell added: "Clearly, there were a lot of mixed feelings. No one wants to win an award for something that kills five of your friends."

Prizes also went to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal for investigations of Donald Trump. (© Independent News Service)

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