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Online journalism gets rewarded with Pulitzer Prize

Mark Fiore, whose animated political cartoons appear on SFGate.com, the website of San Francisco Chronicle, has become the first editorial cartoonist to win a Pulitzer Prize, which is given by Columbia University School of Journalism, for work that does not appear in print.

Mark Fiore, whose animated political cartoons appear on SFGate.com, the website of San Francisco Chronicle, has become the first editorial cartoonist to win a Pulitzer Prize, which is given by Columbia University School of Journalism, for work that does not appear in print.

Fiore was one of the first print editorial cartoonists to make the transition to the online medium when he began doing work for SFGate.com in 2001. Like traditional editorial cartoons, his work pokes fun at politicians and societal hypocrisy, but Fiore delivers his messages in animated videos that last between 45 seconds and 2 minutes.

In a similar historic first for online journalism, ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest, has also won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting about controversial deaths at a New Orleans medical centre following Hurricane Katrina.

The chronicle of decisions by doctors caring for patients stranded by the flood, written by Sheri Fink of ProPublica in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine, marked the first time an online service won a top journalism award given annually by the Pulitzer Prize Board.

[Source: LiveMint/NewYorkTimes, Reuters]
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