Politico and the Huffington Post are the first online only publications to receive the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for journalism. The 2012 awards were announced today in New York City. According to Pulitzer, political cartoonist Matt Wuerker of Politico won, “for a distinguished cartoon or portfolio of cartoons, characterized by originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing and pictorial effect….”
Huffington Post writer David Wood won the prestigious National Reporting” prize for his ten part feature on wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. All Pulitzer awardees receive $10,000.
Politico and the Huffington Post are both online only publications and in some ways represent the triumph of blogs in the new journalism landscape. Several of the big hitters in traditional journalism also won awards including the New York Times, The Associated Press and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Hyper-local Seattle based newsweekly The Stranger also received an award for their feature writing. Known for its irreverent partisanship and humorous and snarky editorial style, The Stranger shares with its bigger cousins Politico and The Huffington Post a form of journalism that used to be shunned by the Pulitzer. This kind of journalism is partisan, opinionated and distrustful of big newspaper editorial voices. As much as the shift to awarding online publications is significant, the shift by the Pulitzer towards these new kinds of editorial voices might be a recognition that blogs are still the future of journalism.