This is why local journalism matters, sometimes more so on stories that attract national attention — and where America thinks everything is resolved when attention is diverted elsewhere.

Local reporters don’t take off, or get easily diverted like Dori, to find next big thing; rather, they grind it out, pushing back against those who seek to hide public information and who threaten to prosecute journalists who keep digging in order to cover up their misdeeds — as happened to the Sun-Sentinel staff.

Kudos to those at the Fort Lauderdale newspaper who fought tenaciously against those in power at local school boards and in the sheriffs department to reveal the facts behind the shootings at the Parkland, Fla., high school.

Check out this powerful letter from a parent whose child was killed during the massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, which was sent to the Pulitzer Prize committee. Thank goodness for the editorial staff in South Florida – and for journalists everywhere – who seek truth and report it.

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