The Pulitzer Center’s hybrid journalism and educational non-profit model treats news coverage of systemic global issues as media campaigns. The Center applies its model to maintain a spotlight on often ignored issues, ranging from water and food insecurity to homophobia and stigma to fragile states and women and children in crisis.
Our model incorporates:
• Collaboration: Our collaborative approach cuts across all aspects of our work – from working with journalists and major media editors to individuals and organizations from the fields we cover to those we hope will benefit from the information we report. The Center collaborates with freelance journalists, NGOs, traditional media and educational institutions to create original, compelling reporting projects and then bring them before the broadest possible public.
• Financial Support: The Pulitzer Center provides travel grants to journalists to cover hard costs associated with international reporting projects. We see great value in covering the too often under-reported systemic level crises, from environmental issues and struggles for resources or human rights abuses, to post-conflict reconstruction, or brewing ethnic tensions. We are interested in stories that would typically not make the headlines or even be reported on in the mainstream American media without our support. Center-supported and commissioned reporting appears in outlets as diverse as The Washington Post, The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera English, TIME.com, The Huffington Post, PBS NewsHour, Forbes, BBC/The World, and many other media. Our ideal project offers print, photography, radio, and video.
• Educational Resources: Global Gateway is the Center’s educational initiative that targets high schools and college campuses. Through interactive website features, lesson plans, in-person contact with journalists, and on-line interaction with source communities, we engage the next generation on pressing international issues. We encourage them to think critically about their roles in the world, to make local connections to these systemic issues and to produce their own media on these topics. Our Campus Consortium joins together colleges and universities, key players in fostering debate and engagement on issues of importance, to help us focus attention on critical societal concerns and support the field of journalism itself.
• Citizen Engagement: The Pulitzer Center partners with other organizations to take these issues to new and diverse audiences. We partnered with YouTube and Sony/Intel to create Project:Report, a video reporting contest that marries the Center’s journalism standards with YouTube’s vast audience. The Center also partnered with Helium.com on a similar venture, the Global Issues/Citizen Voices contest, to engage Helium’s community of writers with Pulitzer Center reporting projects and raise the visibility and discussion of underreported global issues.
• Interactive Multimedia: Heroes of HIV: HIV in the Caribbean and HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica weave elements from reporting projects (print, video, photography, poetry and music) into interactive narratives that provide an engaging, flexible way to navigate through a wealth of material.