The Wall Street Journal, which hasn’t had much luck with Pulitzers since it was acquired by Rupert Murdoch, has dismissed its longtime awards coordinator. Debbie Luczak Hoffman has had the job since 1992, according to her LinkedIn page. (She declined to comment, but I noticed that she posted Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy” on her Facebook page over the weekend.)
My tipster says: “I have no idea how the Journal is planning on handling things now but the feeling is that fewer contests will be entered by the company.”
Earlier this year, Journal editor Gerard Baker told Der Spiegel that “I don’t judge the success of the Journal by the number of Pulitzer prizes. It doesn’t say anything about the quality of our journalism.”
Journal spokespeople Colleen Schwartz and Ashley Huston haven’t responded to my emails about Hoffman’s dismissal.
Update: Hoffman’s Facebook friends react to the news.