What? Fewer Journos Chasing Prizes? Roy Harris Explores ‘Awards Season’

By: E&P Staff

Layoffs and budget cuts have taken their toll on journalism contests, too, with the number of entries trailing off for prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. But in his annual examination of awards season for the Poynter Institute, Roy J. Harris Jr. says the expansion to allow online-only or multimedia entries is taking up the slack from print.

The number of entries for this year?s Pulitzers hasn?t yet been tallied — administrator Sig Gissler tells Harris he was still dealing with the “traditional room full of boxes” — but its expanded criteria for Internet journalism could reverse recent declines in entries.

At Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center, which two weeks ago announced six finalists for its Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, said its entries were up slightly, mostly because of online submissions.

Harris, the former Wall Street Journal reporter who wrote ?Pulitzer?s Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism,? explores the status of other major awards in his post, here.

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