The Advocate wins Pulitzer for local reporting

Published: Apr. 15, 2019 at 3:02 PM CDT
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The Advocate has won a Pulitzer Prize in local reporting for its coverage of Louisiana's criminal conviction system.

The newspaper produced a series that included reports on a Jim Crow-era law that let only 10 jurors convict people in criminal cases. Voters overturned the law after the series was published.

The Pulitzer committee called the series "a damning portrayal of the state's discriminatory conviction system" in its announcement Monday.

Editor Peter Kovacs says the paper put an issue on the radar screen and residents voted to change it.

The newspaper is based in Baton Rouge, but staffers at The New Orleans Advocate wrote the series. Kovacs says staff members in New Orleans drank champagne from purple, green or gold plastic cups like those thrown from Mardi Gras floats.

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Three Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded to newspapers for their coverage of gun violence.

The Pulitzer for public service was awarded Monday to the South Florida Sun Sentinel for its coverage of the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018. Seventeen students and staff were killed in the shooting.

The prize for breaking news reporting went to the staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for coverage of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last October. That attack killed 11 people.

The Capital Gazette was given a special citation for its coverage and courage in the face of a massacre in its own newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland. The newspaper published on schedule the day after the shooting claimed five staffers' lives. It was one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history. The man charged in the attack had a longstanding grudge against the paper.

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