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L.A. Times donates Pulitzer award money to fund youth journalism project in San Bernardino

Coverage of the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack.
The Times’ first-day coverage of the Dec. 2, 2015, attack in San Bernardino.
(Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Times, awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its coverage of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, has announced that it is donating the prize money to fund a student journalism project in the city. 

The partnership with Cajon High School and Cal State San Bernardino is intended to encourage public service through journalism and to honor victims of the Dec. 2, 2015, attack. 

Davan Maharaj, The Times’ editor and publisher, announced the $10,000 donation at a community event Thursday at Cal State San Bernardino.

The project will help expand community coverage of San Bernardino through The Times’ HS Insider, Cajon High School’s Cajon Courier and Cal State San Bernardino’s Coyote Chronicle.

“Our reporting on San Bernardino showed how a community can come together in the face of adversity, find strength in each other and work together to solve problems,” Maharaj said in announcing the donation. “We hope to honor the victims and the community as a whole by helping to create more opportunities to spark dialogue, tackle tough questions and tell the stories of San Bernardino.”

A grant from The Times will allow 14 students from Cajon High School to attend a fall journalism conference, and one will receive a paid summer internship with HS Insider. The site also will introduce a “My San Bernardino” feature.

In addition, the donation will help the Coyote Chronicle launch a community news section with a dedicated editor and reporter. Cajon High’s student journalists also will receive mentoring from the Chronicle staff and pitch stories for the college newspaper.

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