The Tuscaloosa News has been awarded a Pullitzer Prize for their breaking news coverage of last April’s devastating tornado that caused numerous deaths and millions of dollars in damage.
According to Pullitzer.org, the breaking news category is defined as “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.”
Along with the recognition, The Tuscaloosa News will be awarded $10,000 in prize money.
On average, there are over 2,000 entries every year for just 21 categories. 102 appointed judges divided into 20 juries gather in the Pulitzer World Room at Columbia University’s School for Journalism for two days in April to decide the winners.
The newly aquired Halifax Media Holdings’ company earned the award as an organization due to more than five individuals being cited in their entry.