The Pulitzer Prize is for exemplary work in the field of Journalism, and as such is restricted to recognized Journalistic Entities.
Newspapers and other periodicals submit material to the Pulitzer, not individuals; furthermore by the stated statutes of the Pulitzer Commission itself (emphasis added by yours truly):
8. Must I be a U.S. citizen to apply for a Pulitzer Prize?
Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for the Prizes in Letters, Drama and Music (with the exception of the History category in Letters where the book must be a history of the United States but the author may be of any nationality). For the Journalism competition, entrants may be of any nationality but work must have appeared in a U.S. newspaper published at least once a week.
What this new development means is that blogs that are run under the direction of a newspaper or periodical are now eligible for inclusion, not any random blog.
This is not, I repeat not traditional media finally validating the everyday joe blogger as a serious journalist. And I don't think it should. I am not belittling the contribution of private citizens to a new breed of journalism by any means... but there is a difference. What we need is an equivalent of the Pulitzer for private individuals who blog about world changing events...
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