The Pulitzer Prize Board announced today that they will now consider online-only newspapers for the big honor. Since 2006, online content from a print newspaper’s homepage were allowed to submit entries, and online-only entries were permitted in just two categories: Breaking news coverage and breaking-news photography. But now that print is slowly crawling into its deathbed, Web-based news services, like the Huffington Post, can submit entries in all 14 Pulitzer journalism categories.
According to the press release, the Board stressed that entries should come from news organizations that publish at least weekly and are “primarily dedicated to original news reporting and coverage of ongoing stories,” and that “adhere to the highest journalistic principles.” Translation: No lowly bloggers allowed!
“This is an important step forward, reflecting our continued commitment to American newspapers as well as our willingness to adapt to the remarkable growth of online journalism,” said Sig Gissler, administrator of the Prizes. “The new rules enlarge the Pulitzer tent and recognize more fully the role of the Web, while underscoring the enduring value of words and of serious reporting.”
The Board will continue to monitor the impact of the Internet, Gissler said.