Amendments to the Pulitzer rules announced Wednesday will allow newspapers to submit online-only material for consideration in all 14 journalism categories. In a Washington Post article, Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler pointed to last year's prize-winning entry from Willamette Week in the investigative reporting category as a factor in the board's decision to make the changes. The old rules forbid Willamette Week from submitting the story that was published on its Web site the day before its award-winning article appeared in print.
The scoop Nigel Jaquiss got about political leader Neil Goldschmidt was one that would create a terrible stir in Oregon, if only he could nail it down. If he couldn't lay out sufficient proof, he risked destroying his paper, Willamette Week. Jaquiss describes the twists and turns that led to the publication of the stories that won him the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting, along with an AltWeekly Award. This is the seventh in a "How I Got That Story" series highlighting the AltWeekly Awards' first-place winners.