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Online writers respond to Pulitzer announcement

As noted last week, the Pulitzer prizes will now allow entries from online-only publications. But, as online writers were quick to comment, not all bloggers are welcome.

As Robert Niles notes, “the awards are not throwing open their doors to every blogger on the planet. Entries are restricted to U.S.-based publications which ‘regularly engage’ in original reporting.”

He gives a full guide to entering, with some additional comments from Sig Gissler, administrator of the Prizes. “The Pulitzer Board is not creating new categories for online-only work at this point, but he [Gissler] noted that the Pulitzers ‘have changed a lot in recent years’ in expanding eligibility for online work,” Niles writes.

Washington Post wins record six Pulitzer Prizes

The Washington Post scooped a record six award at last night’s Pulitzer Prize ceremony including the Breaking News prize for its ‘multi-faceted’ online and print coverage of last April’s Virginia Tech shootings.

As the tragedy unfolded, the Washington Post covered the event in print and in multimedia online, providing what the Pulitzer Board described as ‘exceptional coverage’.

The Post provided profiles of each of the 32 victims as well as the killer, Seung-Hui Cho, and wrote about the failure of the university’s mental health services to react to warning signs or help Cho.

It also won prizes for public service, feature writing, national reporting, international affairs and commentary.