December 6, 2016

There’s a well-documented tradition of journalists sending pizza to their colleagues in other cities amid big, breaking news. It happened in Boston, Baltimore, Charleston and Orlando (Orlando actually got lots of food, including pizza).

The Dallas Morning News also had a well-fed newsroom while covering the recent attack on Dallas police officers. Now, it looks like there’s a newsroom pizza chain alternative.

On Tuesday, the Morning News sent newsroom cookies to the Miami Herald, which has been covering the death of Fidel Castro.

“We hope there’s no reason for us to continue this chain, but sadly, there probably will be, and we’ll pay it forward as well,” managing editor Rick Hirsch wrote to staff in an email announcing the cookies.

Last week, student journalists at Ohio State University worked fast to cover a campus attack. The Cincinnati Enquirer kept up the pizza tradition, but the Lantern newsroom also got cookies from other student newsrooms.

In-house baked goods have their own tradition in the form of goodbye cakes. Welcome cakes, however, haven’t gone over so well.

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Kristen Hare teaches local journalists the critical skills they need to serve and cover their communities as Poynter's local news faculty member. Before joining faculty…
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