Pulitzer Center Update

The College of William & Mary Becomes First Virginia Campus Consortium Partner

The College of William & Mary and the Pulitzer Center are expanding their relationship this fall with the formal launch of their Campus Consortium partnership. It begins October 16-17 with the first session of a specially-designed Sharp Seminar, bringing together William & Mary students and Pulitzer Center journalists to promote global learning and quality storytelling in journalism over the course of the academic year. "Bringing The Story Home," a campus-wide event October 17 will offer the entire William & Mary community an opportunity to hear from the journalists.

“Our partnership with the College of William & Mary offers a great opportunity to connect strong academic research with solid international journalism,” said Ann Peters, Pulitzer Center director of development and outreach. “We anticipate rich conversations between the students and the journalists over the course of these next months. We are eager to see how the students integrate the storytelling techniques they discover and build on during the seminar into new opportunities for reaching diverse audiences on a range of issues.”

“While William & Mary provides students with many opportunities to write as scholars for other scholars, this course is designed to help the students improve their abilities to write as a citizen for other citizens,” said Joel Schwartz, director of the Charles Center at the College.

Pulitzer Center grantees Stephanie Hanes, Jina Moore, and David Rochkind, will participate in the year-long Sharp Seminar, visiting the campus three times over the course of the 2011-2012 academic year. Focusing on the elements of the craft of journalism in particular, in addition to the specific topics, the students will use course assignments based on the journalists’ work to stimulate a discussion of the characteristics of high quality journalism, of how journalists address ethical issues, and of how journalists find audiences and outlets for their work. By the end of the seminar, each student will have a finished product they will submit for publication and present on campus.

Read the original joint announcement.