With oceans at a crisis point and funding for environmental journalism drying up, we are launching Ocean Matters, a new Pulitzer Center fund for ocean journalism. The project will ensure that the oceans' under-reported stories get told in media outlets and in classrooms across the world.
In our work we are driven by the vision of Joseph Pulitzer III, who said, "Not only will we report the day's news, but we will illuminate dark places and, with a deep sense of responsibility, interpret these troubled times." We are passionate about covering environmental and social issues, and we are diving deep to illuminate what's happening to our oceans.
Until May 1st, we will match every dollar of your gift up to $25,000. With $50,000, we can support at least three in-depth ocean reporting projects, incorporate these projects in a new Ocean Matters Gateway, and bring participating journalists to university and secondary classrooms to discuss their work. These projects will be selected and produced over the next year—and we hope this is just the beginning of what will be a sustained focus on ocean issues.
We collaborate with journalists, media outlets, schools and NGOs to raise awareness about key issues—from the maternal health crisis and the real costs of extractive industries to our dying oceans. Last year alone, we supported 85 reporting projects on under-reported issues that appeared in major news media outlets worldwide. With a dedicated oceans journalism fund, we can ensure that the oceans' stories get told in major media outlets, in classrooms worldwide and on our site.
We need you to join us in this effort by reading, sharing and supporting in-depth journalism. Your tax-deductible donation—whether at $10, $50 or $10,000—will support the kind of high-quality reporting that can make a difference in the fight for healthy seas.
Check out some of the ocean-related reporting we've already commissioned through the "See Also" box on the left. With Ocean Matters, we'll greatly expand our ocean reporting and consolidate it into a narrative-driven section of our site that like our other Gateways, will be a useful resource for the public, policymakers and educators.
There are many more stories to tell—from acidification, to biodiversity loss, to trans-boundary conflicts and more—and we need your help to do it.
We're offering unique thank you gifts for different tiers of donations, including a writer's retreat in the Aran Isles off the coast of Ireland, a journalism kit complete with a solar charger for your mobile or tablet, a beautiful large print of Dominic Bracco II's underwater fish photograph, and an opportunity to go into the field with one of our journalists. Check out the other gifts on our Indiegogo page.
Donations are tax deductible (minus the gift value) as Pulitzer Center is a registered 501c3. All supporters will be recognized on our site. We'll also thank the social media-savvy of you on Twitter through @pulitzercenter.
We're always looking for new ways to ensure that in-depth, international journalism survives. We're hoping we can partner with you and that together we can raise awareness about this critically important issue. We hope you'll be active participants in the Ocean Matters project by letting us know what issues need covering, sharing the reporting, and working with us on outreach events. It's up to all of us to fight for the oceans—and for the quality journalism that informs the actions we take.
Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram with #oceanmatters.