A first for digital journalism
If digital journalism needed an official endorsement, it got it Monday (April 16) when the online-only Huffington Post and reporter David Wood received a Pulitzer Prize. Wood’s series Beyond the Battlefield took the honour in the national reporting category. The series delved into the challenges faced by severely wounded American soldiers after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan tours.
The Huffington Post’s win represents the first Pulitzer for a digital only news outlet. But it’s not the first time they’ve recognized online journalism. In 2010 the Seattle Times received the prize for breaking news as a result of its coverage of the shooting deaths of four police officers in a coffee shop. The Pulitzer singled the out the Times for both its online and print coverage.
The Pulitzer Prize board, to its credit, has not separated digital and print journalism. Instead they have melded the two together in awarding its prizes. Good journalism, according to the Pulitzers, can be found in both formats.
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