YouTube's December 28 homepage featured five ongoing international reporting projects, the product of Project: Report 2010, a collaboration between YouTube and the Pulitzer Center made possible by Sony and Intel.
The contest for aspiring reporters is a cross-sector partnership capitalizing on successes in new media to pave the way for a future of quality journalism. Project: Report offers a unique opportunity for up-and-coming journalists to learn from Pulitzer Center mentorship, feature their work on YouTube, and benefit from top technologies while helping to fill gaps in international reporting. Five winners, announced last May, were each awarded a $10,000 travel grant to report on an under-covered international issue. Preview their forthcoming projects:
Samantha Danis, a 2010 graduate of the University of Maine, where she received a B.A. in broadcast journalism, will report from Belize to produce a short documentary on maternal mortality.
Alex Rozier, a senior at the Missouri School of Journalism and award-winning reporter for Columbia Missouri's KOMU-TV8, covers wheelchair and personal energy transportation device accessibility in Guatemala, where such devices have revolutionized the lives of some previously immobile.
Paul Franz, a multimedia journalist who recently completed his master's degree from the University of Miami School of Communications, covers the need for education reform in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating January 2010 earthquake.
Elan Gepner, a Philadelphia filmmaker and educator who has spent the past six years investigating and documenting arts programming for young people, explores how non-governmental organizations are finding creative ways to empower Brazil's impoverished youth.
Mark Jeevaratnam, a freelance documentary filmmaker and 2010 graduate of Davidson College, where he received a B.A. in economics, reports on soccer's potential to improve the lives of South Africans following the World Cup.
Follow their continuing reporting via their project pages on the Pulitzer Center website.
View a video summary of current reporting from Project: Report 2010 winners produced by Christina Maria Paschyn, Pulitzer Center projects coordinator: