Baltimore Sun Staff Named Finalist for 2 Putlizers for Freddie Gray Coverage

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It was the big Monday afternoon coffee break in the journalism world, as the winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday.

While there was plenty of national media here to cover Freddie Gray’s death and the uprising that followed, The Baltimore Sun ended up getting the nod for its coverage as a finalist in two categories (There are three finalists in each category and many entries, so it basically means they were on the medals podium).

The entire staff of the paper was a finalist in the Breaking News Reporting category, with numerous articles like a look at the “45 minute mystery” surrounding Gray’s van ride through West Baltimore and a story about Gray’s history of lead poisoning. Those staffers will likely be quick to correct the below citation, which says Freddie Gray was shot to death, but it’s complimentary nonetheless:

For fast-moving coverage of the rioting that followed the shooting death of Freddie Gray, reflecting the newsroom’s knowledge of the community and advancing the conversation about police violence.

Sun editorial writers including Andrew Green, Tricia Bishop, Glenn McNatt and Peter Jensen were also finalists in the Editorial Writing category for 10 selections that “demanded accountability in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray while also offering guidance to a trouble city.” They would also likely remind the committee that Freddie Gray died of a severe spinal cord injury, rather than a gunshot wound.

Race and justice in Baltimore was also the focus of another big award announced Monday in the academic arena. The Law and Society Association’s John Hope Franklin prize for the “best article on Race, Racism and the Law, published within last two years” went to a trio of academics for a look at how the subprime housing meltdown impacted black households in Baltimore.

The article by Len Albright (Northeastern University), Douglas Massey (Princeton) and Jacob Rugh (BYU) appeared in the May 2015 issue of the journal Social Problems.

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