Kaleidoscope alums take Pulitzer Prize for Tornado coverage
Posted on Jun 14, 2012 in News
Two Kaleidoscope alumni have shared Pulitzer Prize for their breaking news coverage with The Tuscaloosa News during the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.
Shweta Vora Gamble, a design editor, and Anthony Bratina, a graphics editor, were among the group whose work won the prize.
“The UAB Student Media office is extremely proud of our Pulitzer Prize-winning alumni,” says Amy Kilpatrick, director of student media.
“Shweta and Anthony knocked a home run with their work during trying circumstances. They set a new standard for student success stories I tell around here.”
The Tuscaloosa News staff won for “its enterprising coverage of a deadly tornado, using social media as well as traditional reporting to provide real-time updates, help locate missing people and produce in-depth print accounts even after power disruption forced the paper to publish at another plant 50 miles away,” according to the website.
“The day the tornado struck Tuscaloosa, it was all-hands-on-deck in the newsroom,” said Gamble.
“It didn’t matter if you were a reporter, photographer, graphic artist — everybody just stayed and pitched in.”