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Baltimore Sun, Capital Gazette recognized by Society of Professional Journalists for Capital attack coverage

Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Gerald Fischman were the Capital Gazette employees killed on June 28.
Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Gerald Fischman were the Capital Gazette employees killed on June 28. (Capital Gazette file photo)

The Baltimore Sun and Capital Gazette have been awarded the Society for Professional Journalists’ 2018 Sigma Delta Chi Award for their staffs’ coverage of the June 28 shooting that killed five Capital employees.

The Maryland publications jointly won the award for Deadline Reporting among publications with a daily circulation of more than 100,000 for their coverage of the attack on the Capital Gazette newsroom that killed Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters. The staff of the Capital Gazette also won in the category of Editorial Writing for editorials documenting the psyche of the newsroom after the attack.

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Sigma Delta Chi awards date to 1932 and recognize excellence in journalism categories including print, radio, television and online.

The award is the latest for Capital Gazette staffers, who have been recognized nationally for their dedicated coverage of the attack on their office.

The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded the staff a special citation and $100,000 prize — the largest ever awarded by the board — for “demonstrating unflagging commitment to covering the news and serving their community at a time of unspeakable grief.”

The Capital and The Baltimore Sun won the 2019 News Leaders Association award for breaking news. The Capital staff was also named among Time magazine’s Person of the Year for their work as “The Guardians and the War on Truth.” And Rick Hutzell accepted the National Press Foundation’s Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year award in February.

Sigma Delta Chi award winners will be honored at an awards banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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