The 2009 Pulitzer Prizes included online-only news organizations “primarily dedicated to original news reporting and coverage of ongoing stories” for the first time — and the Awards got 65 entries from 37 different online-only entities. One primarily online organization, Politico, was a finalist — in Cartooning. The Awards cited Matt Wuerker of Politico for his engaging mix of art and ideas, resulting in cleverly conceived cartoons that persuade rather than rant and that sometimes use animation to widen their impact.
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The Awards got substantial online content submitted, most of it from newspapers. Online material was found in nearly one-fourth of all Journalism entries, an increase over past years.
Online content played in a role in seven winning entries: Public Service, Breaking News Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Local Reporting and National Reporting – as well as Breaking News Photography and Feature Photography.