Guardian US Eligible To Enter Pulitzer Competition

The Guardian has received well-deserved praise for its reporting on the NSA and surveillance, which has also led to ample coverage of The Guardian itself and journalist Glenn Greenwald.

On Sunday, HuffPost wrote how The Guardian's US operation is making its mark in national security and civil liberties coverage, while the AP, New York Times and USA Today have each profiled the British newspaper, its online US edition and global digital strategy. While it may seem premature to talk Pulitzers, the topic has already come up -- including on The Guardian's own site.

Yesterday, Guardian media writer Roy Greenslade argued that "the breaking of the [NSA whistleblower Edward] Snowden revelations story must surely put The Guardian in line for a Pulitzer, making it the first British newspaper to win the award."

But content aside, the Pulitzer guidelines suggest a "British newspaper" would not be eligible.

The following awards will be made annually as Prizes in Journalism based on material coming from a United States newspaper or news site that publishes at least weekly during the calendar year and that adheres to the highest journalistic principles. Magazines and broadcast media, and their respective Web sites, are not eligible.

However, Greenwald works for The Guardian's US operation, as do several others involved with the still-unfolding story. Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler signaled that The Guardian could enter for work generated in the United States.

"We do not speculate on potential entries to the Pulitzer Prizes," Gissler said in an email to HuffPost "However, last year we permitted the Guardian US website to enter material generated by its US staff because it apparently had established a substantial and distinctive presence in the United States with operations in New York."