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Pulitzer Center Update October 28, 2020

On-Demand Webinars for Students: Local Letters for Global Change

Asnia shares a tender moment with her daughter Dewi after work. Dewi is deaf and mute. Asnia works hard in the plantation to save money for her daughters treatment. Image by Xyza Cruz Bacani. Indonesia, 2018.

Climate change, deforestation, and palm oil production are contributing to an increase in human...

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Tell your representative what global issue you want them to prioritize!

How can you find the under-reported news stories that matter to you, and turn your responses into action? Students explore these questions in the recorded webinars below. These webinars guide participants in summarizing news stories they care about, making local connections to global issues, and identifying solutions in their own communities. Students explored how to structure persuasive letters to their representatives that argue for an action on a global issue as part of the 2020 Local Letters for Global Change student writing contest.

In this webinar for grades nine and up, participants reviewed the under-reported story "The Impact of the Palm Oil Industry on Indonesian Farmers and the Environment" by photojournalist Xyza Cruz Bacani. Students then evaluated a letter written in response to this story by 2018 contest winner Isabelle Kolleth



In this webinar for upper elementary and middle school students, participants reviewed the under-reported story "In Brazil, Fires and Deforestation Threaten Amazon Species' Survival" by journalists Amna Nawaz, and Mike Fritz. Students then evaluated a letter written in response to this story by 2019 contest finalist Lucia Mejia Cardenas.



The Pulitzer Center invites students, educators, and parents/guardians to view both of the webinars at their convenience to learn more about the Local Letters contest. Find complete contest guidelines here and click here to see last year's winners!

This year's deadline is Friday, November 13th at 11:59PM EST. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to schedule a Local Letters workshop for your classroom. 

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Image by PBS NewsHour. Brazil, 2019.

This series looks at the potential consequences of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's pledges to...

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Environment and Climate Change

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Migration and Refugees

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