Pulitzer Center Update

Fellow Ruth Moon Places First for Magazine News Religion Report of the Year

Residents of Adouna, Niger, say Lutheran World Relief’s project to rebuild a dam near their village will increase usable farmland nearby and provide them a way to get to market, thus increasing incomes. Image by Ruth Moon. Niger, 2010.

Student Fellow Ruth Moon placed first for Magazine News Religion Report of the Year, receiving the 2012 award from the Religion Newswriters Association. The association's annual contests showcase religion reporting excellence in the news media.

Moon won the award for her reporting published in Christianity Today, which was part of her Pulitzer Center project "Niger: Feeding the Forgotten". Moon was the 2010-2011 student fellow from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, a founding member of the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium. Her award-winning report came in ahead in the contest of Julia Duin (2nd place: The Washington Post Magazine) and Nadine Epstein (3rd place: Moment magazine).

Moon reported from Niger, visiting Niamey and other sites in the country, interviewing aid workers and local residents to shed light on the food crisis, religion and the future of the country.

A full listing of the 2012 awards by the Religion Newswriters Association is available.