Pulitzer Prize Rule Change Allows More Web Sites to Compete in 2010

The Pulitzer Prizes Wednesday announced a change in eligibility rules that will open the door to even more Web-only outlets. Last year, the Pulitzer Board allowed non-print newsrooms to compete for the first time in the 14 journalism categories, but stipulated they must be “primarily dedicated to original news reporting and coverage of ongoing events.” Wednesday’s announcement states that restriction has been lifted. “The revised rule will provide more flexibility as we focus on the merit of an entry rather than the mission of the Web site where it appeared,” Pulitzer Administrator Sig Gissler said in a statement. The new eligibility rules require only that the submitting news outlet be “a text-based United States newspaper or news site that publishes at least weekly during the calendar year and that adheres to the highest journalistic principles.” Magazines and broadcast media, and their respective Web sites, are still not eligible. The deadline for entries is Feb. 1, 2010.



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