Pulitzers in the Digital Age

Also, (in case you weren't paying attention) the New Orleans Times-Picayune won the Pulitzer Prize on Monday for its reporting on Hurricane Katrina.

This award is especially significant because the Times-Picayune published its content only online for the first three days after the storm, making it the first Pulitzer ever given to online-original news content.

More from cyberjournalist.net:

"In the first year since the Pulitzer Prizes changed their rules to allow online components in most categories, five winning entries included online elements. Online material was part of the winning entries in both Public Service Awards, the Breaking News reporting award and the photography awards.

Sig Gissler, administrator of the prizes, said about 10% of the entries included online elements. In the Public Service category (which previously allowed online entries) about one-fourth included online entries; and in the breaking news reporting category, about 15% included online entries.

"We're moving in the right direction," Gissler said. "Will be fine-tuning the rules as we proceed."

Full list of award winners.


Blogger mattreed said...

Here's more from Gissler in E&P:

"He also noted that the online option allowed newspapers to increase the scope of their photography work because the space for Web photos is essentially unlimited compared to print space....While online elements are allowed, they are limited to only still photographs and written material, Gissler said. No podcasts, chats, or audio and video elements. 'There are others to consider down the road,' Gissler noted. 'We will be making other change as circumstances change.'

Gissler noted that blogs could technically be entered as part of any writing category, but said none of the finalist or winners this year include them. He said one entry in commentary offered some blogging along with columns, but did not recall the name of the newspaper. 'You could put in five columns and five blog entries and that would be a legitimate entry in, say, commentary,' he said."

More here.

4/18/2006 10:05 AM  

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