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Originally published April 12, 2010 at 5:54 PM | Page modified April 12, 2010 at 8:01 PM

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Hats off to the Seattle Times Pulitzer winners

The Seattle Times editorial board congratulates their many colleagues in the newsroom on their Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. The journalists used old tools and new, including Twitter and Google Wave, to keep the community abreast of the tragic Lakewood Police shooting and manhunt.

SEATTLE Times reporters, editors, photographers, researchers, producers, videographers and tweeters extraordinaire won a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize Monday for breaking news.

Though these talented individuals work just across the office dividers, our editorial page and the broader community must exclaim the pride we feel toward their breathtaking, breakthrough work.

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, began as perhaps the worst day in history for Lakewood, Pierce County. Four police officers were ambushed in a coffee shop, assassinated in cold blood.

That horrific act will haunt the Puget Sound community for a very long time. The Times' prize comes, as one editor appropriately said, while everyone is painfully aware of the agony and hardship the police and families who lost loved ones will endure forever. Our sense of safety was shattered as the law enforcement officers hired to protect us gave up their lives.

What also happened that day and beyond in the Times newsroom was inspirational.

Every journalist on the staff was called in. All hands on deck, said executive editor David Boardman, and he wasn't kidding.

For the next week, the news staff worked crazy hours and used every tool in the box, many of them modern and high-tech, to perform fast-break journalism covering the shooting and the 40-hour manhunt for the suspect.

The newspaper marched into the new digital world of journalism, everything from text, photo and video dispatches on the home page to a Twitter feed.

One of the gee-whiz elements of the online coverage involved something called Google Wave, which enabled the newspaper to mine community knowledge to update the story with road closures, school lockdowns and police movement during the search. With a suspect on the loose nearly two days, the community was at risk.

The hard copy newspaper was something else to behold.

Hearty congratulations to these first-class journalists. The news staff of the Seattle Times makes the entire Puget Sound community proud.

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