NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 15, 2013) - Digital First Media today announced The Denver Post has been awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting, marking the fourth consecutive year the Post has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
The Denver Post was honored for coverage the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting that killed 12 and injured 58 in July 2012. The Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting is awarded "for a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news that, as quickly as possible, captures events accurately as they occur, and, as time passes, illuminates, provides context and expands upon the initial coverage," according to the announcement made today by Columbia University.
Judges cited The Denver Post's use of "journalistic tools, from Twitter and Facebook to video and written reports, both to capture a breaking story and provide context."
"When all the talk of business models is done it is the journalism that counts. The Denver Post editorial team and Editor Greg Moore are superb journalists year in and year out. We are all so proud of the Denver Post team," said John Paton, Chief Executive Office of Digital First Media.
"We all wish July 20 never happened, but it did and I could not be more proud of The Denver Post for its exhaustive and creative coverage. It is a great achievement to have that work honored with a Pulitzer Prize," said Gregory L. Moore, Editor of the Denver Post.
This year's award marks the fourth consecutive year the Denver Post has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize. In 2012, Craig F. Walker was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his work chronicling the story of a veteran returning home from Iraq and struggling with severe post-traumatic stress. In 2011, Mike Keefe was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. And, in 2010, Mr. Walker was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography his "intimate portrait of a teenager who joins the Army at the height of the insurgent violence in Iraq, poignantly searching for meaning and manhood," according to judges.
"Winning a Pulitzer Prize four years in a row is beyond impressive, it's awe-inspiring," said Jim Brady, Editor-in-Chief for Digital First Media. "This speaks to the incredible commitment to high-quality journalism that has driven the Post newsroom for so many years, but also to its ability to deliver on that commitment across so many platforms. The Aurora tragedy was one that required use of all those platforms, and the Post delivered on all of them, and that is because of the world-class newsroom that Editor Greg Moore has built."
The Denver Post was also named a finalist in the Breaking News Reporting category for coverage of Colorado wildfires that destroyed more than 300 homes, "combining on-the-ground reporting with imaginative use of digital tools, including a before-and-after interactive feature that helped displaced fire victims determine the fate of their homes before there was official notification."
The Denver Post was also a finalist in Breaking News Photography for "skillful coverage of the mass shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colo., capturing the scope of the tragedy in a poignant portfolio of pictures."
The Post will be awarded the Prize on May 30 on the Columbia University campus in New York City.
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