The Times nominated it for a Pulitzer Prize in public service, but it was immediately rejected for not being on paper. In Print magazine Darcy DiNucci wrote: “… the site indeed pioneers a new form of journalism. Visitors cannot simply sit and let the news wash over them; instead, they are challenged to find the path that engages them, look deeper into its context, and formulate and articulate a response. The real story becomes a conversation, in which the author/photographer is simply the most prominent participant.” Joe Goia, writing in Salon, cited “the McLuhanesque consequences of photography freed from the confines of material reproduction.” He responded to the relative insubstantiality of the screen-based photographs: “They seem barely more permanent than the moments they presume to record. Quick to load, the photos present themselves with the ease and weight of dreams.”

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