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Round five: Winning essays

In November 2008, The Pulitzer Center partnered with Helium to produce its fifth round of the Global Issues/Citizen Voices Writing contest, challenging contestents to write on the most pressing international issues of the day. Contestents chose from multiple writing prompts related to international issues and Pulitzer Center reporting projects to sculp their winning essays. Read the winning essays below.

Pulitzer Center urges aspiring journalists to join in mission

Executive director Jon Sawyer and associate director Nathalie Applewhite provide a brief introduction to the Center's mission and approach as a non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting coverage of critical international issues.

Jon and Nathalie stress why the Pulitzer Center encourages participation in Project: Report, a contest the Center just launched in partnership with YouTube and Sony/Intel for aspiring journalists to tell the stories in their communities that would otherwise go untold.

Project: Report Featured on PBS MediaShift

By Mark Rosen-Molina, PBS MediaShift

Whenever news breaks, the first people on the ground, before reporters arrive, are ordinary folks with cameras. Citizen journalists have played an important role in getting us the first glimpses of developing news, from the London transit bombings to the Southeast Asian tsunami to the Virginia Tech massacre. With the advent of YouTube as a hub for video-sharing, there's finally a venue outside the mainstream media where amateur journalists can distribute their videos to a wide audience.

Anthony Shadid appointed to Advisory Council

Anthony Shadid, a journalist for The Washington Post, is one of six Advisory Council members for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Shadid won the Pulitzer Prize for his covergage of the Iraq War. He is author of Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War.

Jon Sawyer on the Pulitzer Center's mission

Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer at the Global Health Council's annual media awards. Sawyer discusses the multi-media aspects of the Pulitzer Center's work with the council's Director of Publications and New Media Annmarie Christensen.

Round four: Meet the winners

The fourth round of the Pulitzer Center-Helium Global Issues/Citizen Voices contest was a study in contrast. Two of the four essay questions engaged issues that have lingered in the national spotlight for the past year: the 2008 presidential election and Iran. The other two pressed readers to consider lesser known conflicts in the jungles of Ecuador and in the Caucasus mountain region of Eurasia. All the issues - the overexposed and underexposed - received a diversity of responses ...

Round four: Winning essays

In July 2008, The Pulitzer Center partnered with Helium to produce its forth round of the Global Issues/Citizen Voices Writing contest. Contestents chose from multiple writing prompts related to international issues and Pulitzer Center reporting projects to sculp their winning essays. Read the winning essays below.