P&C a Pulitzer finalist for breaking news, photography

The Post and Courier was recognized for its reporting in the breaking news category for the Walter Scott shooting, and for its photography in the features category as part of its coverage of the mass shootings at Emanuel AME Church.

The Post and Courier was named a finalist in two categories Monday for the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s highest honor.

The newspaper was recognized in the breaking news category for its reporting on the Walter Scott shooting and for its photography in the features category as part of its coverage of the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church that left nine people dead.

The Pulitzer board cited the paper for “its tenacious effort in obtaining video of a police officer shooting an unarmed Walter Scott and superb reporting that put the recorded shooting in context.”

It said the work from Post and Courier staff photographers “tell from many angles the story of a racially motivated church shooting and its sorrowful but sometimes also heartening aftermath.”

“We are humbled and honored by the recognition bestowed upon this news organization by the Pulitzer Prize board,” said Mitch Pugh, executive editor of The Post and Courier. “It’s a testament to the grace our journalists demonstrated under immense pressure. They handled these two tragedies with an acute understanding of their primary job: to serve this community. Yet we are mindful of the fact our community is still grappling with these tragic events, and our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims and their families.”

Last year, The Post and Courier was named the 2015 Pulitzer recipient for public service journalism for “Till Death Do Us Part,” a series of stories about the toll domestic violence takes on women in South Carolina.

In all, the newspaper has won one Pulitzer Prize and been a finalist four times since 2011.

Also a finalist for a 2016 Pulitzer was Mount Pleasant resident and author James Scott. The former Post and Courier reporter’s book, “Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor,” was honored in the history category.

The board called the book a “spellbinding narrative that uses Chinese, Russian and Japanese sources to expand the story of the first American attack on Japan during World War II.”

Scott said he was helping his daughter with her homework Monday afternoon when he learned “Target Tokyo” was a finalist. He said it was a “wonderful tribute to those brave men” that the Pulitzer announcement came on the 74th anniversary of the Tokyo mission.

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The winners and finalists were announced at Columbia University in New York.

The Pulitzer recognizes the best journalism in newspapers, magazines, books and websites. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism and commentary.

The contest board received more than 3,000 entries for this year’s prizes.

Tony Bartelme contributed to this report.