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Newspapers May Submit Online

Newspapers May Submit Online
Material for Pulitzer Consideration

The Pulitzer Prize board has announced that newspapers may submit online material as well as print content in all 14 of its journalism categories, starting with the 2006 competition. The Pulitzer Prize competition is managed by the Columbia University School of Journalism.
The new rules, adopted after a yearlong study, will apply to work done in 2005 for prizes awarded in 2006. In the Public Service category, which has allowed an online presentation since 1999, a range of online material such as databases and interactive graphics will continue to be permitted. In other categories, the online submissions will be limited to stories and images, officials say.

In two categories — Breaking News Reporting and Breaking News Photography — an entry consisting entirely of material published online will be permitted. In other categories, an entry may contain online material, but it must also contain material published in the newspaper’s print edition.

“The board believes it has taken a significant step in recognition of the widening role of online journalism at newspapers,” says Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.

In any category, the new rules state, online material must be published on the newspaper’s Web site and, when submitted for competition, “must depict its original publication on the Web, not its subsequent update or alteration.”

 The revised rules, entry forms and guidelines on the submission of entries can be found on the Pulitzer Prize Web site at <>. The deadline for entries is Feb. 1.

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