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Pulitzers to Allow Web-Only Entries

The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism are expanding to incorporate awards for news organizations that publish online only.

The board of the venerable awards organization, which made the announcement last week, also said it will accept entries made up entirely of online content for all 14 of its journalism categories.

The Pulitzer board stressed that all entered material, whether generated for Internet or print, should originate 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.”

Long focused on daily and weekly newspapers, the Pulitzer competition will continue not to accept entries from print magazines and broadcast media and their respective Web sites.

“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, in a press release made available on the Pulitzer Prize Web site. “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.”

Internet content from newspaper Web sites has been permitted in all Pulitzer journalism categories since 2006, but Web-only newspapers were not allowed to enter and entirely online entries were allowed in just two categories, breaking news coverage and breaking news photography.

The Pulitzer Prizes are awarded annually by Columbia University.

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