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Jon Sawyer Q and A with Online Journalism Review

David Westphal, Online Journalism Review

What are the two new qualities that journalists of the future must embody? They must be entrepreneurial and they must be multimedia. These are precisely the qualities that animate the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Almost five years ago now, my wife (Geneva Overholser) and I sat in Jon Sawyer's living room in Washington, D.C., and listened to him spin out what sounded like an improbable tale. He wanted to set up a nonprofit center on foreign reporting, and he wanted a philanthropist to bankroll it.

Talking water

Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center

We're scouting out lively voices on water issues--three social entrepreneurs from Africa on the forefront of innovation in tackling the sanitation issues at the root of some of the world's biggest health challenges.

Africans

Unsettled

It's not that Muhammad Shumri imagined building a new life in Baltimore would be easy. But he didn't expect it to be so hard.

The 48-year-old physician was a high-ranking official in the Iraqi Ministry of Health when a photograph that placed him at a meeting with U.S. officials was stolen from his computer. Soon he was receiving anonymous threats warning him to stop working with the Americans.

He moved his wife and five children out of Iraq, traveled alone to the United States and requested asylum. He planned to get a job, find a place to live and send for his family.

Part 1: Alaska Glaciers

These images of Alaska Glaciers were taken by photographer Jeffrey Barbee, on assignment for the Pulitzer Center. Additional work by Barbee can be found on his website.

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