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Web-Based News Sites Now Eligible for Pulitzer Prizes

 by Danielle Maestretti

Tags: Media, web-only news publications, online journalism, Pulitzer Prizes, local reporting, MinnPost, Voice of San Diego, ProPublica, Center for Independent Media, Romenesko, New York Observer, Danielle Maestretti,

Pulitzer PrizeBeginning in 2009, the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism will accept submissions from web-only publications that “adhere to the highest journalistic principles” and are “primarily dedicated to original news reporting and coverage of ongoing stories.” (As the New York Observer put it: “Translation: No lowly bloggers allowed!”)

This is good news for the pack of online news outlets that turned out stellar coverage this year—web-only news machines like MinnPost, ProPublica, Voice of San Diego, and the Center for Independent Media sites can seek old-media recognition for their vital pre- and post-election reporting, and for the local stories they’ve stayed on as print newsrooms hemorrhaged staff and resources.

(Thanks, Romenesko.)