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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

Pulitzer Center to participate at American Health Journalists Association conference

Pulitzer Center Director of Development Ann Peters and Christie Aschwanden, independent journalist and Pulitzer Center grantee, will serve as panelists at the American Health Journalists Association's upcoming annual conference. Ann and Christie will join others from the field in the session titled "Bringing home the globe: Pitching and covering international health stories" as they address the process of discovering and reporting global health news that connects back to local communities.

Open Culture features Pulitzer Center as "sign of intelligent life at YouTube"

Open Culture, a blog that explores cultural and educational media, recently featured the Pulitzer Center as number seven on its list of 10 "intellectually redeemable" video channels on YouTube. YouTube channels such as BBC Worldwide, UC Berkeley and The Nobel Prize also made Open Culture's list.

Dan Colman, the lead editor of Open Culture and the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford's Continuing Studies Program, posted on Jan. 30:

American Journalism Review features Pulitzer Center

Carol Guensburg published a large report on nonprofit journalism in the December/January 2008 issue of American Journalism Review. In one of the take-out sections, she featured the Pulitzer Center:

"Funding for Foreign Forays," by Carol Guensburg. American Journalism Review, December/January 2008.

Carol Guensburg interviews Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer about the challenges and promises of heading an organization working to expand foreign affairs coverage in U.S. media.

Iraq: Death of a Nation? DC, 12/9

David Enders and Rick Rowley spent a month and a half this summer criss-crossing Iraq, embedded with the different militias that now control the country. They will be screening video from the refugee camps on the outskirts of Baghdad, Central Iraq with America's new Sunni militia allies, Basra with the embattled Governor and his Islamic Virtue Party militia, Najaf with the US-allied Badr militia, and Sadr City with the Mahdi Army.

Pulitzer Center presents at international journalism conference

Pulitzer Center Associate Director Nathalie Applewhite presented at "Digital Media: New Ways to Do Journalism," the third annual International Conference of Journalists in Guadalajara, Mexico November 30 to December 2, 2007. The conference was a joint effort between the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.