The National Newspaper Awards announced that online-only news sites will now be eligible to compete for Canada's top journalism prize.
Eligible sites, such as Yahoo and the Huffington Post,
publish original content on a regular basis and share characteristics
with traditional daily newspapers without producing a physical
The NNA board says websites that publish news for a
specific geographic region will be eligible to compete in the local
The National Newspaper Awards will be following a
course set by the Pulitzer Prizes, which has been recognizing U.S.-based
Internet-only news sites since 2008.
The NNA board says online news outlets are welcome to
make submissions for the 2013 round of awards and must apply to enter by
Scott White, chairman of the NNA board of governors
and editor-in-chief of The Canadian Press, said the decision to
recognize a more modern form of news outlet marks a positive step
forward for the NNA program, which has been honouring Canada's best
journalistic work for the past 64 years.
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