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Pulitzer Center Update July 5, 2018

Multiple Student Fellows Selected for 2017 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards

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Women working at a small, temporary brick factory in Malda village. While most of the laborers at this factory were local relatives of the owner, the industry is notorious for exploiting migrant labor. Image by Yardain Amron. India, 2016.
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If you enslaved every person living in five of the six largest cities in the United States—New York...

Image by Neeta Satam. India, 2017.
Image by Neeta Satam. India, 2017.

The Society of Professional Journalists has announced the 2017 Mark of Excellence regional winners. The award honors the best examples of collegiate-level journalism in the calendar year in 12 different regions. Seven student fellows from Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium members were recognized for their student reporting projects.

Shakeeb Asrar and Urooj Kamran Azmi of Northwestern University in Qatar won in the Region 5 Online/Digital News Videography category for their story, "Convict of 302: Death Penalty in Pakistan." 

Ryan Michalesko of Southern Illinois University Carbondale also won in Region 5 in the Feature Photography category for schools with more than 10,000 students. His project, "Mother’s Love Powers Family Through Hurricane Maria Aftermath," follows the progress of a Puerto Rican family recovering from the effects of Hurricane Maria. 

Nikita Sampath of Boston University won in the Online/Digital News Videography category for her reporting in Bangladesh, "Floating Hospitals Treat Those Impacted by Rising Seas." 

Jessie Rowan of Flagler College was her region's finalist in Feature Photography in schools with less than 10,000 students. Rowan's story looked at diabetes treatment in Costa Rica, "Better Diabetes Care Available, Yet Few Can Afford It."

Yardain Amron of University of Michigan was one of two finalists for Online Feature Reporting. His story, "Toiling for Toilets." revealed the connection between sanitation projects and rural indebtedness and migratory labor.

Neeta Satam of University of Missouri School of Journalism was the winner of Feature Photography category in schools with more than 10,000 students. Her story, "Manipur: Portraits of Resilience," takes a close up look at nine individuals to understand the relationship between the Meiteis and the Loktak Wetland in India.

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After the Taliban's attack on a Pakistani school in December 2014, the government lifted the...

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Rosalda Olma, a wife and mother to three kids, opens the front door to what remains of her home in Loiza. The entire home and contents were destroyed by the hurricane, and the family is living in a nearby school for the time being. “It’s hard getting used to these living conditions,” she said. “All five of us are trying to fit inside a single room.” Image by Ryan Michalesko. Puerto Rico, 2017.
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Nearly a month after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, residents continue to battle for...

Type 1 diabetes might be for life, but the disease can be managed through proper supplies, insulin, education and support—all lacking in many parts of Costa Rica. Image by Jessie Rowan. Costa Rica, 2017.
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Lack of education, insulin and essential supplies is of grave concern for youth with Type 1...

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Low lying and fed by three major rivers, Bangladesh is one of the most climate vulnerable nations on...

Image by Neeta Satam. India, 2017.
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From space, Loktak Lake, located in Manipur, India, looks, unlike any other lake. It appears like a...

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