Online-Only Publications Win a Pulitzer

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

That's right. Editorial cartoonist Mark Fiore for and investigative journalist Sheri Fink at ProPublica were both awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their work.

Mashable has called it "history making" because it is the first time any online-only publication has won a Pulitzer, the highest award a writer can receive.

ProPublica, which prides itself in investigative journalism, is an independent organization that teams up with traditional media sources to get its news out there. The organization itself operates solely online.

Mashable describes ProPublica as a non-profit that thinks of itself as a resource to other news companies who may not have the time or resources to do serious investigative reporting.

Fink's winning piece told about “the urgent life-and-death decisions made by one hospital’s exhausted doctors when they were cut off by the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina,” according to a Pulitzer announcement. The entire series is located on ProPublica's site.

Fiore won his Pulitzer for his editorial comics. Here's an example:

You can find more his work on the SFGate archive or on his site.

This is a big step for online-only media. The only question I have is how many more companies will have to team up in order to get the news out there?


Staci Mead April 19, 2010 at 7:52 AM  

Your ending question is a good one. We just watched a presentation in BNR about the state of journalism and the lack of actual investigative reporters in the field. The speaker stated that the world is going dark. Hopefully these web-only publications can find a way to keep the light on. Nice work!

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