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Pulitzer first for Web Journalism May 5, 2010

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Civic Media, Convergence, Journalism, News, Social Media, Trends.
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Web news organisations have for the first time won Pulitzer Prizes, one of journalism’s most prestigious awards.

A journalist writing in a collaboration between non-profit online news service ProPublica and the New York Times magazine won a Pulitzer for investigative reporting. The report was about the urgent life-and-death decisions made by doctors at a New Orleans hospital in the days after Hurricane Katrina.

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ProPublica is funded by charitable foundations, staffed by veteran journalists, and focuses on investigative journalism many newspapers have found too expensive. It offers its stories to traditional news organizations, free.

ProPublica’s model represents a mode of journalism that will become increasingly influential, as fewer resources for investigative journalism remain available at the disposal of news outlets.

Sig Gissler, Pulitzer Prize administrator

An entirely online entry won in the category of cartooning for the first time. The Pulitzer was given to Mark Fiore, for his self-syndicated animated cartoons that appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle website. His cartoons can be seen on his Website here.

Fiore’s biting wit, extensive research and ability to distill complex issues set a high standard for an emerging form of commentary.

Pulitzer Prize board

The Pulitzer Board also recognized the way newspapers are branching out with new media. The Seattle Times employed Twitter and e-mail alerts to help inform readers about a deadly shooting, and used the social media tool Google Wave to encourage reader participation.

The Washington Post won the most Pulitzers, amassing four for its work in Feature Writing, Commentary, Criticism, and International Reporting.

Pulitzer Prizes are awarded annually by Colombia University to honour the best in US literature, journalism and music.

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