Pulitzer Opens Door For Online News

    December 13, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Online newspapers are no longer exempt from winning the most prestigious writing award in America. The Pulitzer Prize Board announced last week that newspapers may submit online material as well as print content in all 14 journalism categories, starting in 2006.

Material that was published online only is eligible for the Pulitzer in three categories-the Public Service category, which has allowed databases and interactive graphics submissions since 1999; the Breaking News Reporting category; and the Breaking News Photography category.

For the other 11 categories, the material must have been published online and in print. The rules for submission were adopted after a new study that began a year ago. The prizes awarded in the Spring of 2006 will reflect work done in 2005.

“The Board believes it has taken a significant step in recognition of the widening role of online journalism at newspapers,” said Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. “The Board will continue to watch the evolution of this medium.”

Submissions are still closed to online-only publications, restricted to newspapers with an online edition. But one might expect that in the not-too-distant future, the Pulitzer Prize Board may expand to include work from online-only material.

A spokesman for Pulitzer said that the Board reworks their guidelines each year and that consideration for website and weblog publications may be a possibility in the future. Weblogs especially have garnered recent attention for breaking news.