The Pulitzer Prize accepts online journalism

December 9, 2008 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

Wonderful that the Pulitzer Prize Board is recognising print and online journalism equally. As long as a US newspaper (print or web) publishes at least once a week, it is eligible for the prize(s). I think this came about from the effect of local bloggers in war-torn countries getting real news out through the internet faster, more accurately and more relevantly than daily English-print newspapers.

It is always gratifying to see quality online writing accepted for consideration along with its older cousin, print, because quality is in the content, not the form. What I don’t get, what I really really don’t understand, is why US literary organisations claim as world class their awards but when you dig into their entry rules, there’s always an eligibility requirement that the nominated author/publisher must be a US resident or registered/incorporated in the US or fulfil some other US based rule.

In this case, it’s even more ironic when the Pulitzer is named after a Hungarian immigrant.

I and many others casually call this the World Series Syndrome (the World Series is a baseball championship tournament which is played, in effect, only by American teams despite the claim). The US seems to hold a fiction about itself as heading the world in all achievements. Perhaps this mentality explains why it expects the rest of the world to play by its rules. GWB, I’m looking at you.

ETA – a literary organisation that proclaims to be the top for lesbian fiction, the GCLS, has opened nominations for this year’s awards. Ebooks are prominently excluded and nominated books must have been available for purchase in the US.  Convoluted and conflicting (not to mention full of typos) judging process explanations and vague genre definitions are posted.  Go have a read.


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