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Laredo, Texas: Lucrative Trafficking

U.S. customs officers in Laredo, Texas, have found harmful insects in flower shipments and drugs hidden in frozen squid. As one officer says, their job is to catch “drugs, thugs and bugs.”

Paper Cuts: Wisconsin Then and China Now

Wisconsin’s paper mills are often more than a century old. They are rustic and surrounded by lush timberlands. China’s mills are bigger and newer, and even the forests China now grows are brand new.

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.

Loretta Tofani interviews with the Washington Observer

Editor in Chief Lily Chen interviews Pulitzer Center grant-recipient Loretta Tofani about her "American Imports, Chinese Deaths" series. January 9, 2008, the Washington Observer (Mandarin Chinese), a World Security Institute publication. Lily interviews Loretta Tofani, an American journalist, about her call for people's attention to Chinese workers' benefits and rights.

Note: This article is in Mandarin Chinese.

Global Gateway highlighted by OneWorld.net

OneWorld highlighted the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Global Gateway initiative on September 20, 2007 in the Today's News section of its website. The mention reads, "U.S. middle school, high school, and university students are getting to interact with journalists covering underreported issues around the world."

To view this highlight on the OneWorld website, click here to visit Today's News and scroll down to September 20, 2007.

Pulitzer Center Internship Spring Semester 2008 - APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED

APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED - Information regarding our summer internship program and application process should be available in early 2008. Check back then for more details.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting seeks an intern for the spring semester, preferably starting January 3, 2008. We are especially interested in web-savvy applicants eager to get the word out about our international reporting projects. The internship pays $1,000 per month.

What is News?

This video generated over 44,000 hits on YouTube in its first two weeks online. Click here to access the YouTube listing where you can post a video or text response telling us how you define "news."

The End of the Foreign Correspondent?

On January 23rd, the legendary Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski died. The next day The Boston Globe closed its last three foreign bureaus. Kapuscinski was the inspiration to a generation of foreign correspondents, Poland?s only reporter outside its own borders during the Cold War who, since he couldn?t cover everything, had the latitude to report at length what he found interesting. The Globe, like The Baltimore Sun and other smaller-city papers, was forced to reduce its foreign coverage to save editorial jobs closer to home.

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