So you won a Pulitzer: Who cares?
So you won a Pulitzer: Who cares?
Media criticism.
April 6 2004 7:04 PM

So You Won a Pulitzer

Who cares?

Newsrooms across America will break out the bubbly—or quietly tuck it away for next year—as the Pulitzers are announced. But are the awards worthy of such anticipation? Not according to Jack Shafer. In a 2004 article, reprinted below, Shafer explained why the Pulitzer Prize, at least for journalists, is not worthy of its front-page publicity. 

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These days, I limit myself to frequent flyer awards. How about you? Send nominations to (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Jack Shafer was Slate's editor at large. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at