Orlando Sentinel named Pulitzer Prize finalist for Pulse coverage

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The Orlando Sentinel was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the "Breaking News Reporting" category for its coverage of the mass shooting that left 49 people dead and countless injured at the gay nightclub Pulse last summer.

"We are honored to have been named a finalist in the Pulitzer Prize's breaking news reporting category for our coverage of last summer's Pulse nightclub tragedy," the newspaper said in a statement on Facebook.

The 2017 Pulitzer Prizes announced winners and finalists in 14 journalism categories on Monday that feature excellence in photography, criticism, feature writing and investigative reporting. The "Breaking News Reporting" prize was ultimately won by the staff of the East Bay Times in Oakland, California, for their "relentless coverage" of a fire that killed 36 people at the Ghost Ship warehouse. The Times was also honored for exposing city officials' failures to prevent the tragedy.

The Sentinel and the Dallas Morning News were both named finalists in the same category as the Times. Orlando's daily newspaper was recognized for its "middle-of-the-night reports as party-goers hid and police prepared to storm the building and subsequent work that took readers inside the club and humanized the victims."

You can read the Sentinel's work that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize here.

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