L.A. Times Uses Pulitzer Money to Endow San Bernardino Youth Journalism

Prize administrator applauds "wonderful gesture."

This afternoon in San Bernardino, Calif., the Los Angeles Times brought home its 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in most unusual and empowering fashion. Representatives from the paper were in the Inland Empire city to officially donate the associated $10,000 cash prize to seed, in partnership with California State University, San Bernardino and Cajon High School, a youth journalism and community engagement project.

From today’s announcement:

The Times’ HS Insider team will partner with Cajon High School’s journalism program to sponsor 14 students for a fall journalism conference, and one for a paid summer internship, and will introduce a “My San Bernardino” feature. In addition, a grant from the Times will fund a dedicated editor and reporter at CSUSB’s Coyote Chronicle to launch a community news section. Cajon High School’s student journalists also will have the opportunity to receive mentoring from the Chronicle staff and pitch stories for the college newspaper.

The move follows last week’s Oct. 13 Pulitzer Prize gala dinner at Columbia University. In the Breaking News Reporting category, the L.A. Times beat out the Baltimore Sun and Charleston’s Post and Courier for, respectively, coverage of the rioting that followed the death of Freddie Gray and the police shooting of Walter Scott.

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