The Texas Tribune, ProPublica, 2023
At a time when mass shootings have become all too common in the U.S., The Texas Tribune and its staff resolved to be compassionate and thoughtful, as well as thorough, in their coverage of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The Tribune took deliberate care to send journalists to Uvalde with strong language, cultural and interpersonal skills. Those journalists provided readers with deeper insight into how families most affected by the shooting were coping with grief and loss in the face of such unspeakable tragedy.
The Tribune embraced its partnerships with ProPublica and the Uvalde Leader-News to provide in-depth coverage of events and developments as they unfolded. The Tribune also published timely, thought-provoking analysis on loosened state gun laws and how Americans have become numb to mass gun violence, reverting each time to a “script” of grief, outrage and inaction following each tragic event.
While the national media spotlight on Uvalde has dimmed, The Tribune continues to tell the community’s story. The Tribune’s team continues to provide answers and insights through impactful investigative reporting, maintaining relationships with the people of Uvalde and taking the lead in getting access to public records that are relevant to public discourse on a persistent national issue that defies simple solutions.