St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald, claim Pulitzers

5:31 PM, Apr 20, 2009   |    comments
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MIAMI (AP) -- Two Florida newsrooms are celebrating Pulitzer Prizes.

The St. Petersburg Times won Monday for national reporting and feature writing. The Miami Herald won for breaking news photography.

Employees joyously celebrated the announcements, which come amid tough times for journalists, who've endured layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs.

At the Times, executive editor Neil Brown says workers were "just buoyant" after news broke the staff won for its fact-checking during the presidential campaign and that Lane DeGregory won for a poignant tale of a neglected girl and her eventual adoption.

At the Herald, employees gathered around photographer Patrick Farrell, toasting him with champagne and feting his coverage of storm-ravaged Haiti. Farrell says he's "walking on Cloud Nine" after the news, but that it's a bit "bittersweet" with the layoffs of colleagues.

 

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