Another Breakthrough: Newspaper Web Sites Now Eligible for Major Broadcast Awards

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By: Joe Strupp

Newspapers using online video are now eligible for one of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting.

The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism have expanded the categories of entries to include Web-only news broadcasts, a release states. Newspapers posting online video reports are among those now eligible, a Columbia spokeswoman said.

“The jury will look for the best example of an original news story using video or audio that is broadcast exclusively online. The deadline for entries is July 1,” a release stated. “The duPont jury looks for excellence in reporting and evidence of commitment to important stories.”

Columbia spokeswoman Clare Oh told E&P the expanded criteria means newspapers can submit their online news reports and related video as well. The change comes just months after Columbia’s Pulitzer Prizes expanded its criteria to allow Web-only news outlets to compete with the print newspaper entries.

“We encourage the submission of daily news stories and breaking news coverage as well as feature stories, a series of related reports or selections from a correspondent’s beat reporting in a given year,” the duPont release added. “A series of reports or a submission of a single reporter’s work should demonstrate consistently high quality over time.”

Submissions can be made at www.dupont.org.

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