For the first time, the Pulitzer Prize was open
to online-only news organizations. Therefore, Sig Gissler, the administrator of the Prize, specified that these websites have to be “primarily dedicated to original news reporting and the coverage of ongoing events”. Two nonprofit websites, the St. Louis Beacon , and MinnPost, submitted but none of them won. Columbia University just published the results
Last week, Investigative Reporters and Editors awarded The Voice of San Diego website, with one of investigative journalism’s most prestigious national award.
Funny, though, to watch news prints that still are snubing websites especially their own web versions… not to mention, those who don’t even care…
Also check out the life of Joseph Pulitzer who gave his name to the Prize. In 1883, he purchased the New York World, shifted its focus to human-interest stories but also scandal and sensationalism and thus gave birth to the yellow journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion. The term was introduced by the popular The Yellow Kid a comic by Richard F. Outcault that Pulitzer published.