Pulitzer Prizes Now Available for Online Journalists

December 9th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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The Pulitzer Prize, once reserved for the elite journalists of the print media.  Not anymore.

The Pulitzer Prize Board announced today that the Pulitzer Prize has been expanded to include many text-based newspapers and news organizations that publish only on the Internet.

The announcement however does not specify the qualification for an online publication.  They say it must be at least a weekly publication.  The board stressed that entries "should come from United States newspapers or news organizations that publish at least weekly, that are ‘primarily dedicated to original news reporting and coverage of ongoing stories,’ and that ‘adhere to the highest journalistic principles.’"

"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.”

So, how will this affect blogs?  Will TechCrunch or Mashable be up for a Pulitzer? I’m sure PaidContent would already qualify since they’ve been acquired by The Guardian.  What about CNET?  Anyway, the most exciting part is when we see the first blog to get that Pulitzer.