Pulitzer Board elects Politico co-founder

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The selection of Jim VandeHei, executive editor and co-founder of the news Web site Politico, "reflects the changing nature of the news media," said Sig Gissler, administrator of the prizes.

"He's a smart, talented journalist who also has this new media experience that will enrich the mix of background and outlooks that the board has," Gissler said.
VandeHei will help decide who receives the prestigious journalism prizes.

The announcement yesterday comes days after the board said it had adjusted its rules to allow entries from Web sites that are not "primarily dedicated" to original news reporting.
The steps mark the latest changes for the overseers of the venerated prizes, who for years have been coping with a shifting media landscape in which news increasingly is published and read online.

VandeHei's appointment and the board's decision last year to consider entries from news organisations that publish only online "are extremely positive steps in the evolution of journalism," Arianna Huffington said in a statement.

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