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November 17, 2008
What's a Pulitzer Prize worth?
Once upon a time the Pulitzer Prize meant something important to the winner, putting a career on steroids and garnering wide admiration. But no longer. The phrase "award-winning journalist" has been debased by the proliferation of journalistic prizes, as well as by the left wing politicization of the Pulitzer, an artifact of the domination of journalism by leftists. Now comes news that must send shivers down the spines of journalists across the country.
The headline from Editor & Publisher delivers the message: "Pulitzer Prize Winner Crewdson Among Tribune D.C. Bureau Layoffs." Newspaper historically touted their Pulitzer-winners the way universities tout their Nobel Prize-winning faculty. But as the newspaper industry crisis deepens, even a Pulitzer does not guarantee job security.
Hat tip: David Paulin