The Pulitzer Prize Board announced Monday that it will be expanding all of its 14 journalism categories to feature "text-based newspapers and news organizations that publish only on the Internet," AFP reported.
The Pulitzer Prizes have included Internet material from newspaper websites in all journalistic categories since 2006 but online-only news sources were previously restricted to breaking news and breaking news photography.
The submissions are to come from online and print US newspapers or news outlets that publish at least on a weekly basis and are committed to original reporting and coverage of current events.
Pulitzer Administrator Sig Gissler said the step was consistent with the Prizes' historic mission, mentioning that the association makes "appropriate adjustments" to the evolving media scene. He added that online content has been permitted for nearly a decade.
Categories include local coverage of breaking news, feature journalism, investigative journalism, explanatory reporting, commentary as well as coverage of national and international events. The deadline for the 2009 Pulitzer Prizes is February 1.