Updates

News and announcements from the Pulitzer Center

"House Call in Hell" to be featured at Silverdocs

"House Call in Hell," a video examining overcrowding, poor sanitation and disease in Haiti's National Penitentiary, has been selected as one of the five short documentaries from the online Current Rocks SilverDocs contest to be screened at the 2008 SilverDocs Film Festival, hosted by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel.

The annual documentary festival honors excellence in international filmmaking and will be held at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland, from June 16-23.

Hope: The Performance

In 2007 Ghanaian-Jamaican writer Kwame Dawes embarked on a research trip to Jamaica to explore the experience of people living with HIV/AIDS and to examine the ways in which the disease was shaping their lives.

Dawes responded to this experience through poems that capture the rich humanity of those he met and the complex emotions that come from contending so intimately with issues of mortality, stigma and grace. Dawes and his long-time collaborator, composer Kevin Simmonds, set the poems to music that showcases the spirit of Dawes's work.

Pulitzer Center Director presents global health award

Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer presented the Excellence in Media Award for Global Health to The Wall Street Journal at the Global Health Council's 2008 international conference in Washington, D.C. on May 29.

According to the council, the annual award is given to a journalist or publication whose work "most effectively captured the essence of a major issue in global health and conveyed it to a broad audience."

The award recognizes the Journal for its reporting on public health issues in China.