News in Brief
School Violence Series Wins Pulitzer Prize
The Philadelphia Inquirer won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its extensive reporting last year on violence in that city's 146,000-student district. Through incident reports, public records, and hundreds of interviews, the Inquirer team found that dozens of serious crimes had taken place on a daily basis from 2007 to 2011. The seven-part series was the only education-related project that won a Pulitzer this year.
The reporters' findings were "later corroborated by a Philadelphia school district blue-ribbon panel on safety, spurred an overhaul of incident reporting in the district, and prompted the hiring of a state-funded safe-schools advocate," the paper reported.
Vol. 31, Issue 29, Page 5Published in Print: April 25, 2012, as School Violence Series Wins Pulitzer Prize