Monday, April 16, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer Wins Pulitzer For Public Service

The Philadelphia Inquirer has just won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service on Monday afternoon for its series on violence in Philadelphia schools, Assault on Learning. The newsroom erupted when the news broke around 3 p.m.
The victory gave a much-needed boost to staffer at the newspaper which has seen huge circulation drops in recent years and which was recently sold for a fraction of its former value.
The series revealed the disgraceful levels of violence in the Philadelphia public schools.
The public service Pultizer honors "a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources which, as well as reporting and may include editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material, presented in print or online or both."
The Philadelphia Inquirer was singled out for its "exploration of pervasive violence in the city’s schools, using powerful print narratives and videos to illuminate crimes committed by children against children and to stir reforms to improve safety for teachers and students."

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