October 19, 2016

The Pulitzer Prizes announced Wednesday that magazines can now enter every category in the annual contest, which traditionally recognized America’s best newspaper journalism each year.

The board made its decision last week after two years of experimentation. Two journalism categories were open to magazines in 2015, five this year. New Yorker staff writers had three finalists during that time, and two of them won Pulitzer Prizes this year.

The categories are now open to print and online magazines, but “consistent with its historical focus on text-based journalism, the Pulitzer Prize Board continues to place emphasis on the enduring value of words and of serious reporting, while also recognizing the opportunity provided by the internet for integration of text with audio and visual elements, as well as data analysis, to strengthen reporting and storytelling.”

One more change: The prizes no longer require entry letters. Instead, they’ll be replaced with questions about each category and the submitted work. You can find the new guidelines here.

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Kristen Hare teaches local journalists the critical skills they need to serve and cover their communities as Poynter's local news faculty member. Before joining faculty…
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