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Pulitzer board snubbing WSJ reporting

April 16, 2013

Posted by Chris Roush

Erik Maza of Women’s Wear Daily writes about how The Wall Street Journal‘s news staff has not won a Pulitzer Prize since 2007, the year it was acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., after being a regular winner in the previous two decades.

Maza writes, “It has not awarded the paper a single prize for its reporting since 2007, the year Murdoch bought the Journal, choosing instead to commend its editorial page, most recently in 2011.

“The snub continued Monday when Pulitzer Prizes went to The New York Times and a handful of regional papers that excelled at covering local stories of national importance. The board’s love affair with the Journal’s op-ed page continued too, as the columnist Bret Stephens won a prize in the category of commentary.

“This year, the Journal’s shutout was even more pronounced as the paper failed to earn any second-place finalists in any categories. In 2007, the Journal won two Pulitzers, including in the coveted public service category.

“The Journal did not make managing editor Gerard Baker available to comment on the Pulitzers. Editorial board editor Paul Gigot said, via a spokeswoman, he was “delighted” by the acknowledgement of Stephens’ columns.”

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