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Pulitzer Center Director presents global health award

Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer presented the Excellence in Media Award for Global Health to The Wall Street Journal at the Global Health Council's 2008 international conference in Washington, D.C. on May 29.

According to the council, the annual award is given to a journalist or publication whose work "most effectively captured the essence of a major issue in global health and conveyed it to a broad audience."

The award recognizes the Journal for its reporting on public health issues in China.

Pulitzer Center invited to Producers Institute

The Bay Area Video Coalition, a non-proft media training institute, has selected the Pulitzer Center to take part in its annual Producers Institute for New Media Technologies, from May 29-June 8.

The Institute involves a ten-day residency at the BAVC facility in San Francisco, where eight teams of non-commercial media producers will learn how to create film, video and audio content through a variety of formats, including video game and cell phone applications.

Pulitzer Center featured in "Rays of Hope"

Rem Rieder mentions the Pulitzer Center in his latest article for the April/May issue of American Journalism Review which analyzes the growing role of nonprofits in investigative journalism.

Rieder explores how the Pulitzer Center is one of many upcoming nonprofit initiatives that are filling the public-interest reporting gap left by increasing cutbacks at newspapers across the country.

Read Rieder's "Rays of Hope"

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Former Child Soldier Shares Experiences

By Emily McGinnis

Originally published in Georgetown University's The Hoya

A former child soldier shared his experiences of the Liberian civil war during a panel discussion on child soldiers Wednesday in the Walsh Building.

Eric Gibson made the decision to leave home when he was 16 years old. "The rebels had 80 percent of the country and the resources," he said. "I said to my mom, 'I have to leave, I have to go behind rebel lines.' What I didn't know was that you go behind rebel lines, it's like you're going into hell and you can't go back to heaven."

Jon Sawyer and Loyce Kareri featured on BBC World News

After winning the Pulitzer Center's March 2008 Global Issues / Citizen Voices contest on Helium.com, Loyce Kareri appeared on BBC World news alongside Pulitzer Center Director Jon Sawyer to speak about the contest, her essay and what the future holds for citizen journalism.

BBC World features Pulitzer-Helium contest

After winning the Pulitzer Center's March 2008 Global Issues / Citizen Voices contest on Helium.com, Loyce Kareri appeared on BBC World news alongside Pulitzer Center Director Jon Sawyer to speak about the contest, her essay and what the future holds for citizen journalism.

Global Issues/Citizen Voices Round 3 Winners

Thanks to all who have participated in our third round Global Issues/Citizen Voices writing contest. Your thoughts have stimulated some great discussion — enter round four to continue the engagement of these international issues!

Round three winners:

Afghanistan and Bolivia: Eric Lannak

Democratic Republic of Congo: Julia Bodeeb White

East Africa: Don K. Potochny (pen name Keith Bailey)

Jamaica: Glynnis Hayward