After covering big tragedies in their cities, most newspaper journalists can reliably expect one thing: other newsrooms are going to send them food. Often, journalists in those other newsrooms have worked in similar circumstances.

On Friday, The Dallas Morning News joined the newsroom food chain.

The newsroom also got cookies (warm cookies) from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Corpus Christi Caller Times, said Robyn Tomlin, managing editor, and a lunch is coming Monday from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"This is like an avalanche of good wishes and good spirits from journalists across the country," Tomlin said. "It’s such a wonderful support network for what we're going through."

The gesture has also been made to newsrooms in Orlando, Charleston, Baltimore and Boston. Food is part of several newsroom traditions, including election nights and goodbyes.