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 VOL. 23, NO. 11DECEMBER 5, 1997 

On-line Journalism Is Now Accepted by Pulitzer Board

The Pulitzer Prize Board has announced that newspapers in future competitions for the Public Service award may include on-line journalism as one of the elements in their entries. The Board stated its intention to continue to respond appropriately to the development of the medium.

  The new entry requirements for the Public Service category will apply to work done in 1998 for the gold medal awarded in 1999. The Board made its decision at the annual fall meeting, which is devoted to administrative matters, at Columbia on Nov. 14. Of the 14 Pulitzer awards in journalism, Public Service is the only category that takes account of the use of all of a newspaper's journalistic resources.

  "The Board has taken what it regards as a significant step in recognition of the growing importance of the work being done by newspapers in on-line journalism," Seymour Topping, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, said. He stressed that "in keeping with the Pulitzer mandate in journalism, only United States newspapers published daily, Sunday, or at least once a week during the calendar year are eligible to enter the competition."

  The revised category definition for the 1999 award will state: "For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper through the use of its journalistic resources, which, as well as reporting, may include editorials, cartoons, photographs and an on-line presentation, a gold medal." The entry requirements will specify: "If an on-line presentation is submitted as part of a Public Service entry it must be in the form of a single CD-ROM whose content pertains to the print items in the exhibit and was staff produced on the newspaper's web site."