Gender Lens Program: Saturday June 3 and Sunday June 4

Saturday, June 3rd

  • 2:00-2:30 Registration
  • 2:30-3:45 Concurrent panels
  • 4:00-4:30 Coffee
  • 4:30-5:45 Concurrent panels
  • 6:00-7:00 Reception
  • 7:00-9:30 Dinner program
  • 9:30-11:00 Reception

Concurrent Panels


Women in Conflict Zones

Property Rights

Global Health


Diversifying the Story




(G): Indicates current or former Pulitzer Center grantee


1) Women in Conflict Zones

What are the unique challenges women face in conflict zones? What role can they play towards advancing greater peace and security? And for women reporters, does their gender impact how they report in conflict zones?

Welcome: Tom Hundley, Pulitzer Center senior editor

2) Property Rights

Gender equality in property rights is a critical human rights issue and key to ensuring economic stability for women. Perspectives from journalists who have covered property-rights violations and practitioners who work to strengthen local governance in support of tenure security for women.

Welcome: Steve Sapienza, Pulitzer Center senior producer

  • LaShawn Jefferson, deputy director, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania (moderator)
  • Nana Ama Yirrah, founder, COLENDEF
  • Amy Toensing, freelance photojournalist, Widowhood (G)
  • Paola Totaro, editor, Thomson Reuters Place

3) Global Health

Women’s health is often viewed narrowly as issues pertaining to reproductive and maternal health but gender actually impacts all aspects of healthcare. Panelists explore the interrelationships.


Coffee Break


1) Diversifying the Story

When critical voices are absent from journalism, what perspectives and stories go untold? Panelists delve into diversity—why it’s more than a buzzword, and why it’s necessary in order for reporting to reflect our world in its wide range of experience.

  • Fareed Mostoufi, senior education manager, Pulitzer Center
  • Susan Goldberg, editor in chief, National Geographic Magazine
  • Daniella Zalcman, freelance photojournalist, founder Women Photograph, projects on LGBT rights in Uganda and UK (G)
  • Nikole Hanna Jones, staff writer New York Times Magazine, co-founder Ida B Wells Society
  • Kwame Dawes poet, writer, actor, musician, professor of English at the University of Nebraska (G)

2) Refugees and Migration

Gender and the Refugee Experience: How does one impact the other? Panelists examine shifting gender roles—and ways to address issues of identity, injustice, and discrimination that many communities now face.

3) Labor and Economics

Gender has played a unique role in critical issues around labor and economics at both the local and global levels. Panelists explore these intersections, the ongoing challenges as well as possible models for positive change.

  • Rhitu Chatterjee, NPR, former PRI’s The World (moderator) (G)
  • Jina Moore, global women's rights correspondent for BuzzFeed News (G)
  • Xyza Bacani, freelance photographer Singapore domestic workers (G)
  • Julia Boccagno, ‎evening news reporter at Circa Transgender in Thailand (former Pulitzer Center student fellow)
  • Souvid Datta, multimedia journalist, forthcoming series on sex trafficking in India (G)




Seated dinner followed by drinks. Dinner program includes remarks by Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, Susan Goldberg, Ben Taub, and a special performance by Girl Be Heard. See full dinner speakers and program.

Program for Sunday, June 4


Networking / coffee


Concurrent Workshops

1) Cyber Security:

  • Runa Sandvik, director of information security for the newsroom at The New York Times

Additional details coming soon.

2) Fundraising: Proposals and Pitches

  • Joan Woods, capital campaign director, Pulitzer Center
  • Tom Hundley, senior editor, Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center’s Tom Hundley and Joan Woods will share tips, best practices and no-nos for pitching a story and securing funding for your reporting. We will share the Pulitzer Center’s process for submitting reporting project proposals and give feedback on your story pitches.

3) Women Photograph/Photographers of Color: Challenges and Resources

  • Daniella Zalcman, freelance journalist, founder Women Photograph
  • Jennifer Samuel, associate photo editor, National Geographic

Additional details coming soon.

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