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Pulitzers make history: Online-only series wins, and no prize awarded for breaking news

For the first time in Pulitzer history, an online-only news series has been honored with a coveted Pultizer Prize, according to ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative news website, won journalism's top prize in the National Reporting category for an expose of Wall Street's role in the recent financial crisis. This was ProPublica's second Pulitzer win.

Also a first in the prize's 95-year history, this year no award was given in the breaking news category for writing, according to the Washington Post, which added that only 37 stories were entered in this category. This lack of breaking news winner is despite the fact that in December, the Pulitzer committee changed its rules to allow multimedia content, whether print, video, databases, or any other interactive presentation.

The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times are the only publications to win multiple Pulitzers this year: each newspaper won two, Bloomberg reported. The duo behind The Los Angeles Times' public service Pulitzer included native Guatemalan Ruven Vives, according to Prensa Libre.

Forbes published a complete list of Pulitzer winners. Winning photos are available here.

Forbes also pointed out that what was conspicuously absent from the list of Pulitzer winners was any of the WikiLeaks stories produced by The New York Times -- mainly because the NY Times did not enter these stories into the running. In explanation, executive editor Bill Keller told Forbes, “We don’t generally talk about what we enter or don’t enter, or why.”

Still, Forbes blogger Andy Greenberg speculated that perhaps the NY Times, because of its falling out with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was wanting to "avoid owing any favors to a source with which it has feuded publicly...The fact that the Times didn’t deem WikiLeaks’ biggest scoops worthy of the nation’s top journalism award isn’t likely to mend that relationship."

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