Over the last decade, Pulitzer Center grantees have reported on reproductive health issues from Indonesia, the Philippines, Guinea Bissau, India, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia Nigeria and elsewhere. They have covered a wide range of issues—teenage pregnancy, child marriage, illegal abortion, religious beliefs and attitudes towards family planning, and poor infrastructure.
Their stories highlight the severity of the reproductive health crisis as well as some of the many efforts made to give more women access to better and safer health care.
The reporting projects that the Center has funded have appeared across a variety of platforms ranging from The Washington Post and The New York Times to The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour. The work has also appeared in professional journals such as The Lancet and in influential news outlets in key target countries such as Rappler in the Philippines and BusinessDay in Nigeria.
At a gathering of some 4,000 health professionals and academic researchers at the International Conference on Family Planning 2016, six of our grantees demonstrated the importance of thoughtful stories with broad audience appeal and strategic reach. During a panel presentation, they discussed how they approached their topics, the challenges they faced while reporting, the journalistic tools and techniques that worked best and the lessons learned as they go forward with their coverage of reproductive health.
They also took time to report on some of the most stubborn issues and innovative solutions in the family planning community today. Here are some of the stories born at ICFP 2016.