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Pulitzer Prizes to allow online component to journalism entries

While the Pulitzer Prizes aren't creating an online category just yet, they are broadening how they deal with the online component of a newspaper's entry.

An excerpt from the AP story on

“I think the Pulitzer competition now reflects a blend of print and online, which is what most newspapers are seeking to achieve these days,” said Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzers.

The competition's “Public Service” category, considered the most prestigious, has since 1999 allowed an online presentation to be part of entries. That category will continue to accept various forms of online work, including streaming video, databases and timelines.

But the other 13 journalism categories will allow online content for the first time.

Only the categories of breaking news reporting and breaking news photography will allow entries that consist solely of online content. Entries of online material in other categories will be limited to written pieces, such as news stories or columns, and still images. Those entries still must include printed material.

Gissler declined to say whether the Pulitzers would ever include a category specifically for online journalism. But he said a Pulitzer committee will continue to monitor how news outlets use the Internet.

Thu, December 8 2005 » Main Page, Media