2018 Feature, Large Newsroom finalist

The Next Edition

About the Project

Hurricanes. Assault. Climate change. Vaping. The student journalists at the Eagle Eye, the school newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, have never shied away from chronicling fraught topics.

But on Feb. 14, their Parkland, Fla., school became the news, when 14 students and three staff members were killed. Media from across the nation descended. But no one had the perspective of the reporters, editors, photographers and designers at the Eagle Eye. They had huddled in closets as a gunman stalked the hallways. They had lost classmates and teachers.

There was a story, and it was theirs to tell.

Over the course of two months, video journalists Whitney Shefte and Alice Li filmed these students as they began the difficult task of putting together a memorial issue. The end result is a 20-minute documentary that captures in stunning intimacy the struggle they went through as they grappled with their own grief while reporting on the lives that were lost.