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Pulitzer Center Update January 6, 2020

Call for Submissions: The Breakthrough Journalism Award

Breakthrough Journalism Award


The Pulitzer Center is now accepting submissions for the inaugural Breakthrough Journalism Award. This annual $10,000 award, made possible through the generous support of Eva Lohrer, seeks to recognize and celebrate the achievements of Pulitzer Center-affiliated freelance journalists who report on under-reported issues that affect us all. 

Please submit one story or series from your reporting during the past year that was transformational in terms of your career.  

Who can enter?

We will consider entries related to stories from all current and former Pulitzer Center grantees and Campus Consortium reporting fellows who are early career (less than 10 years experience) and wish to be recognized for freelance work published/broadcast during the 365 days prior to the submission deadline of March 1, 2020. PLEASE NOTE: The work itself need not have been supported by the Pulitzer Center, just produced by current or former Pulitzer Center grantees or fellows.

Please submit only one article/broadcast/multimedia story or series per person. 

Journalists with full-time staff positions are not eligible to apply. 

Who are the judges?

David Rohde is an editor at The New Yorker, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a former reporter for Reuters and The New York Times, and a member of the Pulitzer Center board of directors.

Rhitu Chatterjee is a health correspondent with NPR, where she covers mental health. Earlier in her career, she covered science, the environment, global health and development. As a freelancer, she produced two projects as a Pulitzer Center grantee, on school lunch programs in India and Brazil.

Steve Sapienza is senior strategist and editorial team leader at the Pulitzer Center.  He is a news and documentary producer with over 20 years experience and has covered a wide range of crisis stories, from illegal gold mining in Peru to child soldiers in Sierra Leone, climate refugees in Bangladesh, and landmine survivors in Cambodia.

When will the award be presented?

If your project is considered for the shortlist we will contact you to provide any additional information.

The winner, announced on April 15, 2020, is invited to present the work at the Pulitzer Center's annual conference, June 5th in Washington, DC.

Good luck!

About the Pulitzer Center: 

Over its 14-year history, the Pulitzer Center has consistently demonstrated its commitment to shining light on critical global issues that are too often ignored. Through the sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education, we have helped inform debates, nurture dialogues, and advance understanding of the defining challenges of our time.